Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes in Canada Up 60 Percent

With 360 reported incidents in 2017, Jews remain the most targeted minority group in the country for a second year

File photo: A Canadian flag is arranged for a photograph in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011.
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Hate crimes against Jews in Canada have spiked 60 percent since last year, making them the most targeted minority group in the country for the second straight year.

Statistics Canada reported Thursday that the number of incidents reported to police rose to 360 in 2017 from 221 in 2016. The increase was attributed to nonviolent “mischief” hate crimes.

The country’s main Jewish advocacy group said it was “alarmed” by the numbers.

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“It is disturbing to think an anti-Semitic hate crime takes place every 24 hours in our country,” Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs CEO Shimon Koffler said. “History demonstrates that those who target Jews and other minorities pose a threat to society as a whole. All Canadians should be vigilant in standing against hate.”

Overall, hate crimes in Canada jumped 47 percent in 2017. Statistics Canada reported a rise in hate crimes against the Muslim, black, Asian and LGBTQ communities.