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Antisemitic incidents in Toronto have nearly doubled this year

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center expresses concern over continued rise in antisemitism in Toronto: The trajectory is alarming.

Antisemitic incidents in Toronto have nearly doubled this year

Canadian city walks back decision not to display menorah

Mayor of Moncton, New Brunswick, admits mistake in deciding not to display menorah outside city hall during Hanukkah.

Canadian city walks back decision not to display menorah

Toronto reports sharp rise in antisemitic incidents

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center says it is dismayed by 192 percent increase in antisemitic incidents since October 7.

Toronto reports sharp rise in antisemitic incidents

Province of Manitoba to make Holocaust education more prominent

Jewish groups welcome the move, which was motivated by discussions with concerned Jewish students.

Province of Manitoba to make Holocaust education more prominent

Toronto book store vandalized in antisemitic attack

Toronto Police Service’s Hate Crime Unit investigating after Indigo book store vandalized with red paint and posters against its Jewish CEO.

Toronto book store vandalized in antisemitic attack

FSWC denounces surge in antisemitic incidents in Toronto

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center says it is deeply disturbed by rise in antisemitic incidents in Toronto amid Israel-Hamas war.

FSWC denounces surge in antisemitic incidents in Toronto

Canadian House of Commons Speaker resigns

Speaker Anthony Rota announces resignation over having invited a man who fought for the Nazis to attend Zelenskyy's address to Parliament.

Canadian House of Commons Speaker resigns

Parliament under fire for honoring man who fought for Nazis

Jewish organizations demand Canada’s Parliament apologize for giving standing ovation to man who fought for Nazi unit.

Parliament under fire for honoring man who fought for Nazis

Holocaust survivors to participate in rewriting Torah scroll

Toronto Holocaust survivors participate in rewriting of Torah scroll discovered more than 75 years after the Holocaust.

Holocaust survivors to participate in rewriting Torah scroll

Newfoundland and Labrador adopt IHRA antisemitism definition

Jewish communities Friends of Simon Wiesenthal, and CIJA applaud adoption of framework to identify, understand, and combat antisemitism.

Newfoundland and Labrador adopt IHRA antisemitism definition

Jewish org slams Twitter for surge in hate since Musk takeover

Canada's Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center gives Twitter a grade of D- over its recent failure to tackle antisemitic and hateful content.

Jewish org slams Twitter for surge in hate since Musk takeover

Amazon removes hateful items after pressure from Jewish orgs

Online retailer blasted for only removing some items, with Jewish groups noting offensive merchandise was just the tip of the iceberg.

Amazon removes hateful items after pressure from Jewish orgs

Man found guilty of promoting hatred toward Jews

Gabriel Sohier-Chaput found guilty of promoting hatred toward Jews in articles he wrote for the Daily Stormer.

Man found guilty of promoting hatred toward Jews

Province of Saskatchewan adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

"Antisemitism is on the rise and must be condemned," says Saskatchewan’s Minister of Justice.

Province of Saskatchewan adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

Editor of antisemitic newspaper invited to event in Parliament

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center criticizes initiation to editor of Arabic newspaper notorious for its antisemitic content.

Editor of antisemitic newspaper invited to event in Parliament

Canadian lawmaker apologizes over antisemitic comments

Jewish groups condemn Ottawa lawmaker who said last year that Israel is the single greatest origin of violence in the Middle East.

Canadian lawmaker apologizes over antisemitic comments

Ontario introduces mandatory Holocaust education

Jewish groups welcome province's announcement that Grade 6 curriculum will include mandatory Holocaust education.

Ontario introduces mandatory Holocaust education

Jewish org slams 'appalling' graffiti attacks on two synagogues

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center warns of growing antisemitism across Canada.

Jewish org slams 'appalling' graffiti attacks on two synagogues

Canadian org slams politicians for posing with BDS activist

Two Ontario politicians slammed for posing with BDS activist and his antisemitic banner.

Canadian org slams politicians for posing with BDS activist

FSWC calls for vigilance after violent criminal released

Man who committed 3 antisemitic assaults receives 36 months probation, back on the streets in Toronto.

FSWC calls for vigilance after violent criminal released

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal praises Canada for denouncing UNHRC

Canada joins 21 countries in condemnation of anti-Israel UNHRC report after urging from Jewish advocacy org.

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal praises Canada for denouncing UNHRC

Canadian Jews express 'horror and grave concern' over Ukraine

200 Canadian Jewish institutions sign joint statement in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

Canadian Jews express 'horror and grave concern' over Ukraine

Antisemitic graffiti found at schools north of Toronto

Swastikas and N-word drawn at three schools in Newmarket.

Antisemitic graffiti found at schools north of Toronto

Toronto U. hailed for withholding funds over BDS support

FSWC welcomes University of Toronto’s decision to withhold funds from Graduate Students’ Union which supports BDS.

Toronto U. hailed for withholding funds over BDS support

Students give Nazi salute to Jewish teacher at Toronto school

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center calls for action after students perform Nazi salute and yell "Heil Hitler" in front of Jewish teacher.

Students give Nazi salute to Jewish teacher at Toronto school

Canadian political party’s bill would ban all hate symbols

Proposed legislation has the support of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center who called for the banning of "vile symbols anywhere in Canada."

Canadian political party’s bill would ban all hate symbols

FSWC denounces antisemitic incidents at Toronto school

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center: Swastikas, Nazi salute at Toronto school are extremely disturbing.

FSWC denounces antisemitic incidents at Toronto school

Nazi symbols at Ottawa anti-government protest

Jewish groups outraged after protest against Canadian government’s COVID-19 policies included Nazi symbols.

Nazi symbols at Ottawa anti-government protest

FSWC partners with Ontario to fight antisemitism

FSWC receiving $148,000 to support creation of its Antisemitism Classroom Toolkit.

FSWC partners with Ontario to fight antisemitism

University of Toronto leadership condemns anti-Israel resolution

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center says more action is required against anti-Israel motion passed by student union at U of T campus.

University of Toronto leadership condemns anti-Israel resolution

Allegation of Canadian troops training neo-Nazis leads to review

Claims that Canadian soldiers trained foreign troops tied to extremist groups are under review by the military.

Allegation of Canadian troops training neo-Nazis leads to review

Report alleges Canadian army trained neo-Nazi linked soldiers

Canadian Jewish org calls for investigation after allegation of extremist-linked foreign soldiers training with Canadian military personnel.

Report alleges Canadian army trained neo-Nazi linked soldiers

Canadian Jewish groups providing help to Afghan refugees

B’nai Brith Canada and Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center working with Afghan immigration org to aid refugees arriving in Canada.

Canadian Jewish groups providing help to Afghan refugees

Canadian Jewish org calls for removal of statues linked to Nazis

Friends Of Simon Wiesenthal Center again calls for two Edmonton monuments to be taken down after graffiti highlighted their Nazi-links.

Canadian Jewish org calls for removal of statues linked to Nazis

FSWC calls on Canada to suspend its funding to UNRWA

The call follows the UN Watch report which revealed that UNRWA staff promoted anti-Semitism and violence.

FSWC calls on Canada to suspend its funding to UNRWA

Canadian government urged to disavow Durban IV

B’nai Brith Canada, FSWC call on Canadian government to disavow the Durban IV conference and affirm Canada’s refusal to participate.

Canadian government urged to disavow Durban IV

More anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled in Toronto

Anti-Semitic vandalism campaign launched by student group attempts to intimidate Toronto's Jewish community.

More anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled in Toronto

Toronto bus shelter vandalized with anti-Semitic poster

Investigation underway after bus shelter in Toronto vandalized with poster promoting anti-Semitic blood libel.

Toronto bus shelter vandalized with anti-Semitic poster

Montreal auction house suspended over Nazi relics

Online auction platform suspends Montreal auction house, removes Holocaust and Nazi relics that were being sold in an auction.

Montreal auction house suspended over Nazi relics

Montreal auction house urged to remove Holocaust and Nazi relics

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center calls on Montreal-based auction house to immediately remove Holocaust relics from its online auction.

Montreal auction house urged to remove Holocaust and Nazi relics

Canada urged to freeze funding to UNRWA

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center calls on Canada to freeze funding to UNRWA over textbooks inciting against Israel.

Canada urged to freeze funding to UNRWA

Jewish orgs. criticize Canada’s support of biased UN resolution

Three Jewish groups in Canada express disappointment after government votes in favor of UN resolution on Palestinian self-determination.

Jewish orgs. criticize Canada’s support of biased UN resolution

Canadian PM urged to return to principled voting at UN

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government last year changed course on its voting on UN resolutions entitled "The Question of Palestine."

Canadian PM urged to return to principled voting at UN

Police investigate after anti-Semitic posters shared online

Posters found in Kitchener contained anti-Semitic, white supremacist views - and were shared on social media.

Police investigate after anti-Semitic posters shared online

Anti-Semitic graffiti discovered at Toronto school

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center condemns anti-Semitic graffiti at Toronto school located in an area with a large Jewish population.

Anti-Semitic graffiti discovered at Toronto school

'Add Revolutionary Guards to list of terror organizations

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center launches petition calling on Canadian PM Trudeau to add Iran's IRGC to list of terror groups.

'Add Revolutionary Guards to list of terror organizations

Student group at Toronto university tweets about attacking Jews

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center condemns York University group which organized last week's violent anti-Israel. protest

Student group at Toronto university tweets about attacking Jews

Canadian Government to appeal court ruling on 'settlement' wine

Jewish groups welcome Government appeal of court ruling that Judea and Samaria wine cannot be labeled as products made in Israel.

Canadian Government to appeal court ruling on 'settlement' wine

Publisher of anti-Semitic Toronto paper gets house arrest

Jewish groups respond with mixed feelings after publisher of Toronto paper that promoted hatred is sentenced to 12 months of house arrest.

Publisher of anti-Semitic Toronto paper gets house arrest

Concerns raised over nomination of BDS for Nobel

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center writes Norway’s Ambassador to Canada over Norwegian lawmaker’s nomination of BDS for Nobel Peace Prize.

Concerns raised over nomination of BDS for Nobel

Report: Banning Jewish student 'not motivated by anti-Semitism'

McGill University investigation into students' society vote fails to recognize anti-Semitism.

Report: Banning Jewish student 'not motivated by anti-Semitism'

Report: Jewish community most targeted by hate crimes in 2016

Hate crimes against Jews in Canada rise, while those against Muslims decrease.

Report: Jewish community most targeted by hate crimes in 2016

Ontario Labor Federation to vote on anti-Israel resolutions

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center launches campaign calling on board to denounce upcoming anti-Israel resolutions

Ontario Labor Federation to vote on anti-Israel resolutions

McGill student union board member banned for being Jewish

Student board votes out Jewish member who supported anti-BDS initiative, reportedly citing 'Jewish conflict of interest.'

McGill student union board member banned for being Jewish

Toronto Police urged to charge imam with hate speech

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center calls on Toronto Police to charge local imam who called to eliminate Israel and Zionism.

Toronto Police urged to charge imam with hate speech

Canada Court: 'Let's Burn the Jew' Not Racist

Judge rules high school student who lit Jewish girl's hair on fire saying 'let's burn the Jew' did not commit hate crime.

Canada Court: 'Let's Burn the Jew' Not Racist