Anti-Semitic incidents reach all-time high in Canada, a 28 percent increase over 2013. (Jpost).
1,627 anti-Semitic incidents were reported in 2014, a 28 percent increase over the year before.Recorded anti-Semitic incidents reached an all-time high in Canada last year, indicates B’nai Brith’s annual audit.
The yearly tally, released June 11, shows there were 1,627 reported anti-Semitic incidents in 2014, a 28 percent increase over the year before.
The previous record was 1,345 incidents in 2012.
Most cases last year – 84 percent or 1,370 incidents – involved harassment; there were 238 reported incidents of vandalism, or 15 percent of all cases; and 1 percent of recorded incidents, or 19 cases, involved violence.
Reported incidents of vandalism in 2014 declined over the year before by nearly 40 percent. But cases of harassment increased by nearly 30 percent.
Overall, most incidents – 961 – were in Ontario*, followed by Quebec and Atlantic Canada at 259. That is “consistent with years past,” BBC stated.
Canada saw “dramatic spikes” in anti-Semitic activity in July and December, coinciding with the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers and July’s Israeli ground offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza.
In 2014, “a clear pattern emerged. It has become too easy to deny anti-Semitism, as long as it is reframed under the legitimizing veil of anti-Zionism,” said Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada.
It’s also important to consider technology, the group added.
“The landscape for spreading anti-Semitic messages has grown exponentially, so it is only reasonable to expect the actual number of incidents to have increased along with it.” Hmmmm........*Purely coincidental.....The majority of Canadian Muslims live in the province of Ontario, and especially in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Now i'm wondering if the majority of cases would be in the Greater Toronto area? Read the full story here.