On March 13, 2017, the BC government announced a contribution of $100,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, to be used for additional security for British Columbia’s 26,000 Jews following two bomb threats last week which targeted the Jewish community centre.
“For 150 years, Vancouver has been home to a thriving, vibrant Jewish community – and in all that time, they have made outsize contributions to the community, and the fabric of our province,” Premier Christy Clark said in a statement. “Unfortunately, B.C. is not immune to the growing number of threats to Jewish communities around the world. These acts of hate do not represent British Columbia – the outpouring of support for the Jewish community does.”
The funds will enable the Federation to upgrade the existing security measures.
Jason Murray of The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs thanked Premier Clark and the provincial government for the funding and said the investment will help secure the Jewish community’s facilities, which include 21 community buildings in Vancouver and 8 building spread throughout the Lower Mainland.
The bomb threats in Vancouver are the latest in a string of anti-Semitic incidents targeting Jews in Canada in recent weeks. Similar threats were made against Jewish community centres in Toronto and London, Ontario, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of people, including children.
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at [email protected]