The rise in anti-Semitism is terrifying, in Canada and around the world

The leaders of the seven largest Jewish communities in the world (Canada, United States, France, United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina, Germany, commonly known as the “J7”) are meeting these days in New York around the Never is summit. Now organized by the Anti-Defamation League.

I will be there.

This is not the first time since October 7 that the J7 has met. Last December, its leaders met in Paris for an emergency meeting to discuss strategies to combat the meteoric rise in anti-Semitism.

October 7 marks the deadliest day against the Jewish people since the end of the Holocaust. The joy displayed when Hamas murdered, raped and tortured innocent Israelis and some of the protests that followed around the world revealed a hatred so deep that the grief felt by the Jewish community was quickly replaced by fear.

It is undeniable that the hatred carried by Hamas against the Jews has echoes here.

No one had seen, or predicted what we see today. The barely masked anti-Semitism in anti-Israel rallies, the open hatred of Jews on the internet, the overt targeting of Jewish community institutions (including a hospital!) and Jewish-owned businesses, all harken back to the darkest days. dark parts of history.

We have seen shots fired at Jewish schools, or calls for a bomb, a Molotov cocktail thrown at a synagogue, a controversial imam the subject of a police investigation for hatred after comments made during an anti- Israel, Jewish students harassed and pushed around1 at university, and even a terrorist plot2 targeting the Jewish community fortunately foiled by the police, and so on.

A quantifiable increase in hatred

The fact that Jew hatred has flourished in Canada in 2023 is not just anecdotal, it is quantifiable and palpable. In Ottawa, where Jews make up only 1.4% of the population, the community was the target of 27% of reported hate incidents. In Vancouver, police report a 62% increase in anti-Semitic incidents and crimes. In Halifax, Edmonton and Calgary they have more or less doubled.

Specifically, in the first weeks following the start of the war, 132 hate crimes and incidents targeted the Jewish community in Montreal, while in Toronto, anti-Semitic incidents increased by 211% (56 incidents, from 7 October to December 17) and are more than double the annual total of the previous year.

These terrifying figures that we see in Canada also have their counterpart elsewhere.

In Britain, 4,103 anti-Jewish hate incidents were recorded, almost double the previous record; two-thirds of the incidents have occurred since the barbaric Hamas attacks. In France, anti-Semitic acts are up 1000%3. In the United States, the increase is 361%.

The current situation cannot continue. To combat this phenomenon, authorities must do more.

First, Jewish institutions must be better protected by police forces. And ongoing investigations into anti-Semitic crimes must be prioritized. It’s not normal for it to take this long.

University administrations must do everything in their power against the intimidation of Jewish students and professors.

The outrageous impunity for online hate must end. Bill C-63 tabled on February 26 is a step in the right direction. We must have the right tools to combat anti-Semitism online

The increase in anti-Semitism here is terrifying. Differences of opinion – however fundamental they may be – on what is happening in the Middle East in no way excuse attacks on Jews here.

I will therefore go to New York to explore other possible solutions to combat anti-Semitism. After the Holocaust, the world promised “Never again”. Never again is now.

1. Read “Jewish students fear for their safety at Concordia”

2. Read “Jewish Groups Call for More Efforts to Fight Hate”

3. Read “Anti-Semitic acts up 1000% since Hamas attacks”

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