Statement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Outside Wilson House, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to Meech Lake in Gatineau Park. (GPO – Israeli Government Press Office)

Outside Wilson House, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to Meech Lake in Gatineau Park, April 1, 2019. (GPO – Israeli Government Press Office)

May 8, 2019
Ottawa, Ontario

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day:

“Tonight at sundown, we join Israelis, Jewish communities, and others in Canada and around the world to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.

“This year is special, as we also mark 70 years of diplomatic ties between Canada and Israel. Since 1949, our two countries have been close friends, steadfast allies, and partners in many international organizations. When the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, visited Canada just a few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to celebrate this important anniversary – and to make those ties even stronger. [Read more…]

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Anti-Semitic crimes rise by 60 per cent in Canada

(JTA) – Hate crimes against Jews in Canada have spiked 60 per cent from 2016 to 2017, making them the most targeted minority group in the country for the second straight year.

Statistics Canada reported Thursday that the number of incidents reported to police rose to 360 in 2017 from 221 in 2016. The increase was attributed to nonviolent “mischief” hate crimes.

The country’s main Jewish advocacy group said it was “alarmed” by the numbers.

“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 per cent in 2017. Statistics Canada reported a rise in hate crimes against the Muslim, black, Asian and LGBTQ communities.

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