Canadian Anti-Semitic Incidents Reach Record Level For Fourth Year Straight
JNS has reported that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Canada hit a record high in 2019 for the fourth straight year, according to a report published by B’nai Brith this week.
B’nai Brith Canada’s advocacy arm (the League for Human Rights) released the 2019 Annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents earlier this week. The study alarmingly recorded over 2,207 Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada last year. Staggering statistics from survey showed an increase of more than 8% from 2018 and an average of more than six incidents against Jews every day. There was also an increase of more than 11% in anonymous online harassment.
The greatest uptick in anti-Semitic instances took place in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec where the majority of Canada’s Jews reside. Ontario recorded 62.8 more incidents percent while Quebec recorded 12.3 percent more incidents than in 2018.
B’nai Brith Canada’s survey also acknowledged that anti-Semitic assaults became more violent in 2019, with several of them taking place during the daytime and in front of bystanders.
“The record numbers of incidents we have documented in recent years have become the new baseline for anti-Semitism in Canada and they are alarming,” said B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn. “It is not only Jewish people who must be appalled by this pattern. It’s any law-abiding, decent human being.”