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Antisemitism in Toronto. Photo: Canada Israel Friendship Association

2016 police report shows that Jews again are the most targeted community in Toronto

One day before the Parliament is scheduled to debate an “anti-Islamophobia” motion, Toronto Police released its 2016 Hate Bias Crime Statistical Report, which shows that this year, as in every year since 2008, Jews continue to be the most targeted community in Toronto for hate crimes.

In 2016, The Jewish community, which makes up 3.8% of the religious population in the Toronto, was victimized in approximately 30% of the total hate/bias crimes while the Muslim community, which makes up 8.2% of the population was victimized in approximately 15% of the hate/bias crimes. 17% of the attacks were directed at members of LGBTQ and 15% were directed at the Black community.

Hate/bias crimes include assault, assault with a weapon, criminal harassment, mischief interfere with property, threatening bodily harm, threatening death and wilful promotion of hatred.

Out of 66 hate/bias occurrences involving religion, Jews were targeted 43 times and Muslims were targeted 22 times.

In 2016, most cases of vandalism were directed at Jews, while members of LGBTQ experienced more physical attacks than any other group and Muslims were the most victimized group for criminal harassment.

There were 145 hate crimes incidents in 2016, an increase of 8% from last year.

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About Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
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]

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