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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Jewish students slam Canadian Federation of Students for approving Israel boycott

(JTA) –Jewish students and groups across Canada slammed the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) for approving a resolution supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.

The resolution passed on Monday at the federation’s annual meeting in Ottawa. The Canadian Federation of Students represents some 500,000 students throughout the country. [Read more…]

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New Quebec government plans to ban public servants from wearing kippahs

CAQ leader François Legault will be sworn in as Quebec's new premier on October 18. (CAQ)
CAQ leader François Legault will be sworn in as Quebec's new premier on October 18. (CAQ)

CAQ leader François Legault will be sworn in as Quebec’s new premier on October 18. (CAQ)

MONTREAL (JTA) – Quebec’s incoming government wants to ban some public servants from wearing religious symbols to work, spurring concerns from Jewish groups.

The proposed ban by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government is ostensibly to make Quebec public institutions more secular and “neutral” religiously. It would bar police, prison guards, public school teachers and some others from wearing visible kippahs, turbans, hijabs and crucifixes under the possible penalty of dismissal for noncompliance. [Read more…]

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