Highway 400 in Vaughan, Ontario
Highway 400 in Vaughan, Ontario iStock

Anti-Semitic graffiti was found on Friday in the city of Vaughan, a suburb of Toronto.

The phrase “Hitler was right!” was spray painted in neon orange paint on a concrete construction barrier on Highway 400 near Bass Pro Mills Drive, according to Toronto radio station 680 News.

The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) released a statement saying they contacted police when they were alerted to the offensive material.

FSWC first found out about the graffiti after the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors posted an image of it on social media.

Police responded at around 8:00 a.m. and the graffiti was removed, according to 680 News. Hate crime investigators with the York Regional Police are investigating the incident.

FSWC president and CEO Avi Benlolo said on Friday the government must take these matters more seriously.

“Hate crimes must be prosecuted and dealt with accordingly,” he said, adding, “These types of incidents continue to intensify, particularly against the Jewish community. I’m calling on community members and officials to help stop hate crimes and anti-Semitism.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) condemned the graffiti and commended the York Regional Police for its quick action in removing the hateful message.

“This shameful act of bigotry is an affront to all those who share Canada’s values,” said CIJA.

Also condemning the graffiti was B'nai Brith Canada, which described it as “another disgusting act of anti-Semitic vandalism.”

In a release, York Regional Police said they do not tolerate hate crime in any form.

“These kinds of crimes not only hurt the community that has been targeted, but they hurt us all. We take great pride in being one of Canada’s safest and most inclusive communities and we remain vigilant in our fight against prejudice, discrimination and hate in our community,” it said, according to 680 News.

The incident marks the second time in the last two weeks that anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered in the Toronto area.

Anti-Semitic and racist graffiti was found on the walls, windows and playground equipment at three schools in the town of Markham.

York Regional Police are searching for three suspects in the vandalism.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

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