Liberal MP, Michael Levitt (York Centre), condemns the recent wave of “hate” incident targeting the Jewish community in Canada asking the law enforcement agencies to make sure that justice is upheld.
During the debate in Parliament Levitt on March 7, 2017 Levitt said:
Mr. Speaker, on February 6, a McGill student society representative incited violence against Jewish students, tweeting “punch a Zionist today”. On February 19, mezuzahs were ripped off door frames, and anti-Semitic messages were found in Toronto. On February 22, a swastika and the words “gas the Jews” were found spray-painted in Hamilton. On February 27, swastikas were found on classroom walls at York University. On the February 28, the Calgary Jewish Community Centre received a bomb threat. Today, Jewish community centres in London and Toronto were threatened and evacuated.
This is just some of the recent hate targeting Jewish Canadians. I also recognize the growing hate being targeted at Muslim Canadians. Condemning these actions is not enough. We must ensure that our legal system is empowered to act against these incidents, and that justice is upheld.
Earlier on February 22, 2017), Levitt joined Liberal Jewish and Muslims MPs in condemning Islamic prayers for the death of Jews. “We are horrified by reports that two Imams in Montreal and Toronto called for the death of Jews during sermons. We condemn such behaviour and call on the mosques’ administration to take appropriate action,” the joint statement read. The supplications in question asked Allah to “slay one by one” the enemies of Islam, to humiliate the disbelievers and the atheists and to give victory to the mujahideen (Muslims who engage in jihad) in Palestine and around the world.