Montreal (Canada), Dec 3: The Jews in Canada are being subjected to hate crimes in the name of growing anti-Semitism in this North American country. There has been 60% rise in hate crimes against them since last year making the Jews the most targeted minority group in Canada for the second year in successation.
According to Statistics Canada report published on Thursday the number of incidents reported to the police increased to 360 in 2017 from 221 in 2016 and the increase is attributed to nonviolent “mischief” of hate crimes.
“It is disturbing to think an anti-Semitic hate crime takes place every 24 hours in our country,” Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs CEO Shimon Koffler said. “History demonstrates that those who target Jews and other minorities pose a threat to society as a whole. All Canadians should be vigilant in standing against hate.”
Overall, hate crimes in Canada jumped 47 percent in 2017. Statistics Canada reported a rise in hate crimes against the Muslim, black, Asian and LGBTQ communities.