Toronto Jewish father with his child told they should have been “gassed” and “burned”
On June 2, 2021 the UJA (United Jewish Appeal) Community Security on behalf of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto published a document titled “Reported antisemitic incidents in the GTA: May 2021.” Here are excerpts from the report:
THURSDAY, MAY 13
*Bathurst Street and Glen Park Avenue, Toronto: A group of young men, located at a public bus stop, were captured on video deliberately antagonizing identifiable Jewish community members walking on the street, chanting “free, free Palestine.” Incident reported to Toronto Police Service.
FRIDAY, MAY 14
*Glengrove Avenue, North York: Over the course of two nights, unknown males in a black sedan yelled slurs at community members and drove aggressively in their direction as if to hit them. Incidents reported to Toronto Police Service.
*Livingstone Avenue, Toronto: A Jewish community member was verbally harassed and chased out of a retail business for being Jewish.
*University Avenue, Toronto: A father and his young child were verbally abused with antisemitic slurs by an unknown male, including comments that they should have been “gassed” and “burned”.
SATURDAY, MAY 15
*Nathan Philips Square, Toronto: A community member was verbally assaulted by an unknown male and told that “Jews are inbred.” Complainant claims that bottles were thrown at him and he escaped an attempted assault. This is one among multiple incidents of verbal and physical assault that took place near a Gaza protest at Nathan Philips Square.
*York Region: A family was verbally harassed by occupants of a vehicle flying a Palestinian flag. The family were called “baby killers.” Incident reported to York Regional Police.
*Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto: Unknown males in a vehicle verbally harassed Jewish community members, including by loudly playing antisemitic music, yelling, and driving slowly in front of a synagogue.
*North York: Unknown males in a vehicle yelled antisemitic slurs at community members on the street. Incident reported to Toronto Police Service.
SUNDAY, MAY 16
*Almore Avenue, North York: Unknown suspect drove around yelling at Jews and sticking the middle finger at them.
*Major Mackenzie and Keele Street, Vaughan: Jewish community member states that her car window was smashed by somebody she got into an argument with online about the Gaza conflict. Incident reported to York Regional Police.
TUESDAY, MAY 18
*The Annex neighbourhood, Toronto: Mock eviction notices were posted on the doors of multiple private residences. These flyers featured anti-Israel messaging and were distributed to residences with mezuzot (mezuzot are fixed to the doors of Jewish homes and a visible sign of Jewish occupants). The flyers call for boycotts of Israel. UJA Community Security continues to investigate.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 19
*Overbrook Place, North York: The words “F*CK YOU” were written in chalk on the wall of the parking lot of a synagogue and Jewish daycare. Incident reported to Toronto Police Service.