For Immediate Release – 09 May 2017
Michael Levitt statement on release of B’nai Brith Annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents 2016
“It is with great concern that I learned the results of B’nai Brith’s 35th annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents in Canada,” Michael Levitt, Member of Parliament for York Centre, said in response to the audit’s release. “The work of the League for Human Rights under the direction of Amanda Hohmann contributes greatly to understanding the scale and context of anti-Semitism in Canada.”
According to B’nai Birth’s audit, 2016 was the worst year on record for anti-Semitism in Canada, a 26% increase of anti-Semitic incidents over 2015. “All incidents of anti-Semitism, whether it is in the form of violence, vandalism, harassment or hate-speech, are unacceptable,” Mr. Levitt said.
“As Canadians, we rise and fall together. Anti-Semitism doesn’t only hurt the Jewish community, it hurts all Canadians,” Mr. Levitt continued.
“The results of the 2016 audit should serve as a wake-up call that anti-Semitism and all forms of hate are present in Canadian society, and must be addressed. As Canadians, we have a duty to speak out and set an example in confronting stereotypes and prejudice, and advancing understanding and education,” Mr. Levitt concluded.
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