FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2019
Press Release: CIJA Condemns Antisemitic Vandalism in Toronto School
Toronto, ON –Today, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), learned of a disturbing act of vandalism at Western Tech High School in Toronto near High Park. The graffiti featured antisemitic, anti-black, anti-LGBTQ, and explicitly pro-Nazi messaging.
“It is disturbing to see another act of hateful vandalism in our city. This is a particularly egregious example, given the explicit pro-Nazi, antisemitic, racist and homophobic content,” said Noah Shack, Vice President, Greater Toronto Area, CIJA. “We must be vigilant in condemning and countering all forms of hate, knowing that those who target Jews and other minorities ultimately pose a threat to society as a whole. We know that the overwhelming majority of Torontonians stand with our community against such bigotry.”
“CIJA immediately reached out to the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Police Services. We appreciate that they are addressing the incident effectively and appropriately. We encourage any community members who may have information about this disgusting crime to contact Toronto Police Services without delay.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
- According to Statistics Canada, hate crimes against the Jewish community rose by more than 60 percent between 2016 and 2017.
- While the Jewish community remained the most frequently targeted group (in both absolute and per capita terms), hate crimes against the Muslim, Black, Arab or West Asian, and LGBTQ+ communities all rose.
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