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After the Jewish Defence League picketed the Ontario headquarters of the Canadian Nationalist party, the antisemitc political movement announced regional head Gus Stefanis was no longer a member. (CNP Website)

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Canada and the United States continues to experience a proliferation of antisemitism, whether by means of vandalism, propaganda, or protesters. Both neo-Nazis on the far-right and Marxists on the far-left are becoming louder and bolder. It was encouraging this month to see a few situations where good people confronted the haters and took action to stem the flow of poison against not only our people, but other victims of these racists.

Toronto

– The in-your-face approach of Meir Weinstein and the Jewish Defence League got results, forcing the Ontario director of the neo-Nazi Canadian Nationalist Party to announce he was no longer part of the organization. Last month CNP distributed fliers across the country calling Jews “parasites” and urging our community to be expelled, among other slurs.

When the question was posed in a Facebook group post whether Meir Weinstein, leader of the JDL, would confront Canadian Nationalist Party leader Travis Patron the same way he has challenged the antisemitic Foodbenders restaurant in Toronto. Patron himself responded “I don’t think he is brave enough“. As Patron lives in Saskatchewan, Weinstein along with 10 members of JDL took up the challenge on August 6 by attending the headquarters of the CNP director in Ontario, Gus Stefanis. A CNP announcement on August 11th claimed, “Former Canadian Nationalist Party candidate Gus Sefanis has been discharged and is no longer active with the organization”, claiming “This decision was made Wednesday, July 29th, and is only today being made public.”

Meanwhile a mobile truck at Bathhurst and Steeles utilizing a digital message board asserting that Israel was responsible for the Beirut port explosion. The JDL confronted the driver and the sign was turned off, however soon after posterboard signs appeared on Yonge and other streets with the same false accusations, displaying the web address HearTheLordJesus.com

– B’nai Brith Canada filed a criminal complaint with Toronto Police after a local Polish-language newspaper twice blamed the COVID-19 pandemic on a sinister Jewish plot. “Coronavirus, or the Fake Pandemic,” was the front-page story in the March 25 edition of Głos Polski, and was published again in the April 22 edition. Głos Polski is edited by Wiesław Magiera and affiliated with the Polish National Union of Canada, according to the latter’s website.

Israel was described “the cause of all the world’s woes” and “an emanation of the Devil himself,” and that Jews intend to take over Poland and create “Judeo-Polonia.”

The article also insisted “ISIS/ISIL terrorists [were] brought into evil existence by organized Jewry and completely controlled by it,” and proclaims that Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin, Nazi fanatic Joseph Goebbels and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were/are all secretly Jewish.

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Barrie

Facing pressure from self-hating Jews, radical Marxists, and political cranks, Mayor Jeff Lehman withdrew a motion to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of Antisemitism hours before Barrie city council was to vote on Monday. One opponent wrote to council, “The proposed Barrie motion is not a challenge to racism, however. It is a smear job on people who are trying to deal with horrific problems of exclusion in another context – namely, in Palestine.”

Ajax

An online petition targets a street named for Nazi Captain Hans Langsdorff. “His warship the Graf Spee was also about to have a street named after it but this was prevented once attention was called to it”, stated petitioner Adam W. He told readers the honouree “was a loyal Nazi right to the end when he died by suicide. The Mayor of Ajax, Shaun Collier has defended the decision to keep the street name for this Nazi.”

Vancouver

Once again the BDS and terrorist promoting Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network held a protest march in Vancouver on August 9, as part of an international “Days of Resistance”. An arm of the banned Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Samidoun international coordinator Charlotte Kates was joined in the Vancouver march by The Canada Palestine Association, BDS Vancouver – Coast Salish Territories, Independent Jewish Voices UBC, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid Vancouver and ILPS Canada. Before picketing a London Drugs outlet and a BC Liquor store daring to sell wine from Israel, a Pakistani speaker spoke of “the complicity of our own community … I think the local Muslim community need to do more” as she assailed a mosque for inviting the RCMP and a Rabbi from Hillel House to an anti-Islamophobia event last year. She repeated the smear that Israel trains police forces “all over the world” to oppress people of colour. Other cities involved in the Samidoun protests included Boston, Berkeley, New York, Las Vegas, Auckland, London, Liverpool, Copenhagen, Malmo, and Madrid.

Montreal

Calling for an end to the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement, numerous activist groups marched alongside Metro Jarry on August 9 for Days of Resistance. The coalition includes Fondation canado-palestinienne du Québec, Independent Jewish Voices, SPHR McGill, SPHR UdeM, Academics for Palestine and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.

A small Indiana town was shocked when a group of three people started handing out "American Nazi Party Official Supporter Applications", and pamphlets which included "BE PART OF THE SOLUTION" emblazoned over a swastika (Karen Miller Munk)

California

Rose Ritch, the Vice President of Undergraduate Student Government at the University of Southern California, described antisemitic attacks and online harassment because of her Jewish and Zionist identities in resigning her position on August 5. This abuse occurred despite Ritch also identifying as a far-left and LGBTQ activist. The President of USC, Carol Folt, issued a statement “that anti-Semitism in all of its forms is a profound betrayal of our principles and has no place at the university”, adding “What happened to Rose Ritch is unacceptable, and we must all take up her challenge to do better.” The statement announced a new university-wide initiative launched by the USC Shoah Foundation, Stronger than Hate.

Indiana

Two men, dressed in white shirts with swatstika armbands were “Handing out antisemitic pamphlets and ‘nazi political party’ applications” in Henryville, about 20 miles north of Louisville on August 8. Karen Miller Munk took a photo of the applications, which said “American Nazi Party” and “Official Supporter Application”, and pamphlets included “BE PART OF THE SOLUTION” emblazoned over a swastika while others included antisemitic drawings. Kris Warning posted on Facebook she had “talked to the young man, who’s belonged for six months. He was accompanied by a marine veteran who served for four years, and a woman who shared they are residents of Henryville.” Dylan Anderson confirmed to Newsweek that he was one of the men pictured wearing the Nazi armband, saying. “I was exercising my First Amendment right of freedom of speech and right to peacefully assemble.”

Virginia

A Jewish cemetery near Richmond was not the only targeted by vandals on August 3, as a historic black burial ground was also tagged with ‘777’, a version of the triskele symbol from ancient Europe later used by Hitlerites.  The Sir Moses Montefiore Cemetery, founded in 1896 in Henrico County, and the Evergreen Cemetery were defaced by the neon green paint, with speculation it was part of an occult ceremony.

Pennsylvania

On Monday morning (August 10), the Kesher Israel congregation in Harrisburg discovered two swastikas painted on the doors. Rabbi Elisha Friedman said, “Nobody wants to think of their spiritual home, where they go for a peaceful religious experience, to gain inspiration, as being attacked and vandalized at night, but thank God nobody was hurt.”

With the steady rise of antisemitic incidents in Canada and around the world, we are continuing to feature ROUND UP: JEW-HATE IN THE NEWS – Sponsored by Shomrim Canada.

If you experienced an antisemitic incident and want to report it to our newspaper, please send an email to [email protected].

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