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Vandals used stencils to spraypaint black and red swastikas in visible locations

B’nai Brith Canada working with Police to solve swastika defacement spree across Toronto

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 By B’nai Brith  Friday, August 5, 2011

TORONTO:  B’nai Brith Canada has urged greater vigilance leading up to the Jewish Fast Day of Tisha B’Av next week (Tuesday, August 9, 2011), a day set aside to mourn the destruction of the Jewish Temples in Jerusalem.

This comes following reports of three incidents of vandalism in the Toronto area during the past three days. In these incidents vandals used stencils to spraypaint black and red swastikas in visible locations. The latest incident occurred at the Beth Tikvah Synagogue on Bayview Avenue where a swastika and the words “Islam will rule” were spraypainted near the school entrance late yesterday afternoon in broad daylight.

Frank Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada stated, “We commend the proactive response of Rabbi Grover of the synagogue who, along with other Torontonians, called the Anti-Hate Hotline on discovery of the defacement. We remain in close contact with police as the pattern of related incidents unfolds.

“The cooperation of all community members is essential at this point. Administrators of community institutions must ensure that security safeguards are in place and that security devices such as cameras are fully operational. All suspicious activity is to be reported to police and the Hotline as soon as possible so that the investigation can proceed quickly. We needed no reminder that Jews in Canada, as documented in our annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents as well as police statistics, face an increase in acts of hate. “

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