FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release: CIJA and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Aware of Two Incidents of Hateful Graffiti in Toronto
October 9, 2018
Toronto, ON—Two incidents of hateful graffiti targeting Jewish community institutions were reported this morning in Toronto, including the defacement of two UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Campaign signs.
Noah Shack, Vice President of CIJA GTA, stated:
“There is no place in our city for this hatred. Some of the graffiti explicitly celebrated Hamas, a terrorist group dedicated to Israel’s destruction, which is designated by the Government of Canada as a banned terrorist entity. The purpose of this graffiti is to intimidate and frighten the Jewish community. We are neither intimidated nor frightened by this cowardly act of vandalism.
“We appreciate the responsiveness of police, who are actively investigating the incident. If you have any information that might assist police in their investigation, please contact Toronto Police 13 Division at 416-808-1300 and refer to file #18-1862954.”
Steven Shulman, Senior VP Corporate Affairs, Community Relations & Counsel of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, stated:
“Unfortunately, this is not the first time that our signs have been defaced in this way. Many will recall an incident this summer where a UJA sign featuring a much beloved Holocaust survivor was vandalized with intimidating language. But we will not be intimidated. We are a resilient community with the strength and resources to rise to this challenge.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the
advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.