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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American-Israeli behind JCC bomb threats sentenced to 10 years in prison

A teenager suspected of being behind over 100 bomb threats to Jewish Community Centres in the U.S. and Canada at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court in Israel, March 23, 2017. (Flash90)

A teenager suspected of being behind over 100 bomb threats to Jewish Community Centres in the U.S. and Canada at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court in Israel, March 23, 2017. (Flash90)

(JTA) – A 20-year-old American-Israeli man convicted of making hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish community centres and Jewish schools in the United States, Canada and four other countries, as well as to airlines, was sentenced to ten years in prison in Israel.

The sentence for Michael Kadar, who holds dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and whose name is barred from publication in Israel, was delivered on Thursday in Tel Aviv District Court. Kadar was convicted on several counts including extortion, conspiracy to commit a crime, money laundering and assaulting a police officer. [Read more…]

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UN General Assembly approves Palestine as head of largest bloc of developing countries

Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 22, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 22, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The United Nations General Assembly voted to approve the observer state of Palestine as the head of the largest bloc of developing countries.

Some 146 countries on Tuesday voted in favor of Palestine to head the Group of 77. Three countries – Israel, the United States and Australia – voted against, and 15 countries abstained. Twenty-nine countries did not vote. [Read more…]

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