Anti-Semitic crimes on the rise in Toronto

Toronto Police report finds a decrease in hate crimes over the past year, but Jews remain at the top of the list of victims.

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Dalit Halevi,

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Dalit Halevi

A Toronto Police report on hate crimes in the city during 2015 found a decrease of 8 percent in the volume of hate crimes (134 compared with 146 in 2014) - but the Jewish community remains at the top of the list of victims of hate crimes.

According to the Toronto Police Service 2015 Annual Hate/Bias Crime Statistical Report, the number of hate crimes that were directed against the Jewish community last year was the largest compared to other communities.

The Jewish community is followed on the list by the black community, the LGBT community and the Muslim community.

In 2015, six cases of "criminal harassment" against Muslims were recorded, especially during the month of November, and the police believe this figure was affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris and the operation to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada.

The report also noted that in 205, 19 suspects in hate crimes were arrested in Toronto, compared to 22 who were arrested for similar offenses in 2014.








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