A report by the Toronto Police has revealed that the Jewish community is the highest affected community to have faced the largest amount of hate crimes.
According to the Toronto Police Service’s 2021 Annual Hate Crime Statistical Report, Jews were the most targeted members for hate crimes. Of a total of 257 hate crimes recorded last year throughout the Canadian city, 56 of them directly targeted the Jewish community. An additional 14 cases involving Jewish individuals were classified under a “multi-bias” criteria, as the victim also identified with another minority group, such as black, LGBTQ2S or Israeli.
“The Jewish community represents 3.8% of the population in the City of Toronto but was victimized in approximately 22% of the total hate crimes,” the report stated. Among the incidents last year were assaults on Jews in a local park and at a bakery, along with instances of vandalism, including one blaming Jews for the Sept. 11 terror attacks in 2001.
“The new TPS report is deeply disturbing, even if not surprising, given the overall upsurge in anti-Semitism we’re seeing across Canada,” said Michael Levitt, president and CEO of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC). “Yet again, Toronto’s Jewish community has the unwanted distinction of being the most-targeted group of the city’s racists and bigots.”