Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Canadian anti-Semitism

Another wave of anti-Semitism has broken out in Canada:

A rash of anti-Semitic vandalism in York Region has left police and Jewish groups scrambling for answers.

Residents close to Beverley Glen Blvd., near Dufferin St. and Steeles Ave. W., awoke yesterday morning to find swastikas and other racist messages spray-painted on cars and the fronts of houses.

"I don't know why they do it. They get nothing from it because they don't scare us," said Moshe Levy, whose car was vandalized.

There were 13 acts of vandalism throughout the area, which took place between the hours of 11 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. yesterday, police said.

"I have never seen so many (incidents) over such a short time period during my time with the hate crimes unit," said Sergeant Heidi Schellhorn, a diversity and cultural resources unit officer for York Region police.

An upset neighbour told Levy that both their cars had been vandalized. A cross and the letters X and either S or P had been spray-painted in black on the passenger side of Levy's silver car. Levy said he didn't know what the letters meant.

Levy, who was born in Israel and has lived in Canada for 30 years, said he's never seen anything like this.

"I come from a country which doesn't teach hate. It doesn't matter what colour you are or what religion," he said.


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