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Toronto synagogues among several across Canada to receive anti-Semitic hate mail

Last Updated Dec 19, 2017 at 6:53 pm EST

Four Toronto synagogues are among 10 across the country that have received disturbing anti-Semitic hate mail.

According to B’nai Brith Canada, Adath Israel Congregation and three other synagogues were sent a letter with the phrase “Jewry Must Perish” written around an image of a swastika inside a bleeding Star of David.

“I think they are being trouble makers, maybe they hope that they will upset people in the Jewish community,” said Rabbi David See, Adath Israel Congregation. “I think what it does is turns the table in a positive way. People reach out and say …’this is terrible. This is not what we as a country stand for.'”

A portion of an antisemitic letter sent to a Toronto synagogue, Dec. 19, 2017. Image Credit: B'nai Brith Canada
A portion of an antisemitic letter sent to a Toronto synagogue, Dec. 19, 2017. Image Credit: B’nai Brith Canada

 

Toronto police wouldn’t confirm all four Toronto incidents but said they have received two separate reports of hate mail to date — one to Beth Tzedec Synogogue and one to a private business in the Dufferin Street and Finch Avenue area.

However, B’nai Brith Canada says Toronto police have launched an investigation.

“The anti-Semitism is real,” Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’Nai Brith Canada. “There’s somebody who put the time and effort into this, to intimidate and threaten and really hopes that you yourself should not exist as a human being.”

Montreal police are also investigating letters sent to Shaare Zedek and Beth Ora, which were received on Monday.

B’nai Brith Canada said synagogues in Edmonton, Kingston and Hamilton have also received the same hate mail.

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