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In June 2021, B’nai Brith Canada issued a “SPECIAL REPORT: Last Month’s Surge of Antisemitism Far Worse Than First Thought”. The report starts with a warning that reads: “Warning: Graphic and Violent Events Discussed.”

Grim as the facts set out in the report are, these are not the end of the ugly story as B’nai Brith continues to investigate further other incidents.

The Special report states:

1Canada’s Jewish community came under assault on multiple fronts from coast to coast throughout the month of May, 2021 in unprecedented ways.

2. B’nai Brith Canada’s staffers were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of calls and online reports about antisemitic incidents.

3So far, at least the following numbers of specific antisemitic incidents that took place in Canada in May:

  • 154 incidents of harassment
  • 51 incidents of vandalism
  • 61 incidents of violence

The figure of 61 violent incidents, in particular, is the highest ever reported in one month by B’nai Brith, dating back to the birth of the Audit of Antisemitic Incidents in 1982. For context, in all of 2020, only 9 incidents of antisemitic violence were reported.

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4. Not been sufficiently publicized is the degree of antisemitism present at anti-Israel rallies. In almost every city where such rallies took place, Jews were singled out and targeted for abuse by angry mobs of demonstrators. These rallies were not the typical kind of civil and lawful political protests with which most Canadians are familiar.

Many of these events devolved into open hate fests with blatantly obscene and violent antisemitic rhetoric.

In some cases, individuals displaying Israeli flags were beaten in plain view of police officers. Individuals ended up in the hospital with serious injuries. Property was damaged, stolen and vandalized. Some reported having feared for their lives at these events when they realized the severity of the situation they were in.

Witnesses were shocked to see that this behaviour was allowed to take place in Canada, in public, with little consequence or media attention. Consistently, when anyone identifiably Jewish or Israeli showed up at or around these events, they were cornered and attacked with impunity.

When angry mobs saw people with Jewish or Israeli symbols, they did everything from openly yell slurs at them, to pelt them with rocks, to steal their items, to assault them.

Mob rule took over at these events, and Jews were not safe as a result. Flags of terrorist groups, such as the Taliban and Hamas, were proudly displayed on several occasions.

5. Another disturbing trend was the provocation of anti-Israel zealots travelling to predominantly Jewish neighborhoods across the country, for the sole purpose of harassing and intimidating the Jewish community as a whole.

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6. A few particularly noteworthy incidents include:

– May 14, Milton, Ont.: Hundreds of people march with many calling for violence against Jews

– May 14, London, Ont.: The Nazi swastika is openly displayed at an anti- Israel rally

– May 15, Winnipeg: Anti-Israel protesters play a song telling Jews to “get lost” in front of the Manitoba legislature, and burn an Israeli flag

(Note: For more about the attack In Winnipeg please read our report:

Winnipeg Jews Assaulted, Pelted With Rocks And Bottles By Antisemitic Mob )

-May 16, Montreal: Jews attempting to hold a pro-Israel rally are assaulted, and, shockingly, have rocks thrown at their heads by anti-Israel rioters, leading to many criminal charges

– May 16, Calgary: Public calls for violence against Jews made by anti- Israel protesters driving through downtown

– May 16, Edmonton: In an attempt to intimidate, a group drove into a Jewish neighbourhood asking where the Jews live

– May 18, Mississauga: Anti-Israel protesters pledge to carry out armed operations against “Zionists”

– May 19, Vancouver: An Israeli Jewish restaurateur receives threats that she will be raped and killed

– May 21, Victoria: A local imam instructs his followers to hate Jews, while preaching in a public park.”

I add the following to their list:

Antisemitic demonstrations and parades

April 24, 2022 – several anti-Israel groups including Samidoun-an organisation with ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) -a Canadian designated terrorist entity, held a demonstration to condone the recent wave of terror in Israel ,which had, up to that point, taken the lives of 14 Israelis and called for violence against Jewish people and Israel.

These kinds of demonstrations are held periodically every year.

This is one of the two Israeli flags owned by the Israeli Canadian Council that were stolen and burned in front of Winnipeg police on May 15, 2021. (Photo: File)

The annual Al-Quds Day parade

This is a yearly event witnessed in major Canadian cities. The event was created in 1979 by Iran’s the Islamic Regime to foment hate against Israel and calls for the complete destruction of Israel. Al Quds Day events have become a notorious forum for the promotion of antisemitism, terrorism and even calls for genocide.

By way of illustration, during the 2014 Toronto iteration of the event Moulana Zakki Baqri called for Jews to “be dismantled”.

In 2013 and 2016 speakers called for Israelis “to be shot.” (B’nai Brith Advocacy, May 2, 2022)

Incitement to hatred and violent hatred openly or by insinuation are the order of the day

While both Trudeau and his successive Ministers of Global Affairs remained mum, CBC Radio sanitised the hateful nature of Al Quds Day Rally (Mike Fegelman, Honest Reporting Canada, May 1, 2022)

Question: Why does Canada, a close friend and ally of Israel, permit the celebration of a foreign event established by Iran, by all counts, a terrorist state that is committed to the destruction of Israel and towards this end, finances and arms at least two terrorist organisations Hezbollah and Hamas?

Why doesn’t the government get rid of this poisonous antisemitic event that endangers Canadian Jewish lives, not to mention property?

Doğan D. Akman is an independent researcher and commentator. He holds a B.Sc. in sociology, an M.A. in sociology/criminology and an LL.B in law. He held academic appointments in sociology, criminology and social policy; served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and occupied the positions of Crown Counsel in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation at the Federal Department of Justice. His academic work is published in peer-reviewed professional journals, while his opinion pieces and other writings are to be found in various publications and in blogs.  

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We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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