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Toronto Jews anxious amid unprecedented antisemitic spillover from Gaza war

21 January 2024

By:

The Times of Israel

2024-01-21 0014

Toronto's Jewish community of 200,000 is experiencing heightened antisemitism since the Gaza war, with little support from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government. 


A bridge in Armour Heights, a Jewish neighborhood, has become a hotspot for anti-Israel protests, leading to police intervention. The protestors have displayed swastikas, photos of Hitler, and other antisemitic content, causing distress among residents. 


Police Chief Myron Demkiw has increased efforts to ensure safety, recognizing the 168% rise in antisemitic incidents in Toronto. 


The Jewish community feels isolated and concerned for their safety, facing vandalism, boycotts, and assaults. 


Trudeau's government has faced criticism for its response to the situation and perceived lack of support for the Jewish community. 


Despite the challenges, the Jewish community in Toronto remains resolute and engaged in supporting Israel and combating antisemitism.

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