Monday, February 20, 2017

Canada: Police 'concerned' after hate notes left outside Jewish homes in North York


“We're realizing very quickly now that this is a string of anti-religious sentiment that is on the rise.,” -- Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at spokesperson Safwan Choudhry.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | US Desk
Source/Credit: CTV News Toronto
By Courtney Greenberg | February 20, 2017

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Toronto police say they are “concerned” about anti-Semitic notes left on the doors of Jewish residents in Willowdale.

Spokesperson Mark Pugash told CP24 that while the city hasn’t seen a notable increase in hate crimes this year, they are taking the latest incident of a targeted attack “extremely seriously.”

“Every hate crime is concerning, not only to people on the receiving end but everyone in this city is concerned, as they should be,” Pugash said. “We take this extremely seriously, our investigators are very, very experienced.

Post-it notes with pen-drawn swastikas were left on the doors of seven Jewish homes inside a building on Beecroft Road, located in the Yonge Street and Park Home Avenue area, Sunday night.

“No Jews” was also written on the notes. Some of the notes also contained anti-Semitic slurs and some neighbours reported that their mezuzahs – blessings traditionally posted on the doorways of Jewish homes – had been vandalized or stolen.
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According to the latest report from the Toronto police hate crime unit, the Jewish community was the most targeted victim group in 2015 with 31 reported incidents. The Muslim community recorded 29 hate or bias incidents.

Over the weekend, the home of a Muslim family was vandalized after eggs were thrown at it.

“We're realizing very quickly now that this is a string of anti-religious sentiment that is on the rise,” said Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at spokesperson Safwan Choudhry.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at held a meeting today with national leaders to address the issue.



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