IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE FRIENDS OF THE SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER
THE SAMURAI CENTER &
SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER
INTERFAITH CONGRESS AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM
According to newly released data by Statistics Canada, hate crimes targeting the Jewish community increased by a shocking 63 per cent in 2017, rising from 221 antisemitic incidents in 2016 to 360 incidents in 2017. Antisemitic hate crimes accounted for 18 per cent of all hate crimes in Canada, making the Jewish community the most targeted by hate crimes. Similarly, the FBI has released figures that 60% of hate crimes in the US are directed at the Jewish community -- more than all other communities combined.
"While we are not surprised, this number is an alarming call to action for government, police and educators especially. It's disturbing to hear that hate crime continues to increase in Canada and that the Jewish community – a community that is integrated into the Canadian mosaic – is still victimized by hate crime. The sharp increase is evidence that Holocaust education and advocacy is necessary now more than ever – which is why we are proud of our work," said Avi Benlolo, President and CEO of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC).
The rise of Antisemitism is one of the biggest issues of our time and an issue that the Jewish community should not be alone in fighting. History has made it clear that it is the duty of all people to stand up against Anti-Semitism -- for evil wins when good people stand back and do nothing. As the most diverse city in the world, Toronto is setting a new bar in the fight against Anti-Semitism by bringing together the city's most influential faith and community leaders in solidarity with the Jewish community.
To quote from Rev. Zenji Nio, Founder of the Sempo Center for Human Rights and Holocaust Remembrance:
"Our message to the Jewish community is clear -- we feel your pain, we share your struggle, any assault on you is an assault on all of us and therefore YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We are with you and will fight this battle together."
The Righteous Leaders Interfaith Congress against Anti-Semitism endorses and supports the FSWC (Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center) where the Congress took place. The FSWC is the city's most active organization in the fight against Anti-Semitism and we wholeheartedly support their efforts and initiatives. The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the world's most influential charities that fights for human rights and against bigotry, hate and anti-Semitism.
For more information, please visit the Sempo Center for Holocaust Studies & Human Rights at www.SempoCenter.org