I was shocked and saddened to learn that the car belonging to a member of the Jewish community in Toronto-St. Paul’s was targeted with antisemitic graffiti this past Sunday. The fact that this took place on Holocaust Remembrance Day simply adds to the shamefulness of this brazen act of hatred.
This behaviour is not something that we can excuse. It is harmful and invokes fear in our community. Hate and discrimination have no place here or anywhere.
Over the past few years, we have seen a disturbing increase in the number of incidents targeting the Jewish community in Toronto – including right here in St. Paul’s. In the face of rising antisemitism, it is critical that we all speak up against such prejudice and hostility. We must not be afraid to call out racism when we see it.
I stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the entire Jewish community here in Toronto-St. Paul’s.
Together we can show those who seek to divide and intimidate us that our shared values of openness, inclusion, respect and love of our fellow neighbours – is stronger than hate.