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Racism in Quebec.

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The issue of antisemitism is rarely discussed in the mainstream of Western societies, in any meaningful way. It seems to be considered an issue of the past. Often seen as a relic of the 1930s and 40s, but not today.

When unambiguous and naked anti-Jewish racism is actually found then more often than not it is dealt with by a tut tut, and the topic changed rather quickly.

I suspect that the recent attacks on synagogues in Montréal will receive comparatively little coverage, yet from my brief research it seems that anti-Jewish racism has been a problem in Quebec for quite some time.

The recent attacks are reported by the Montreal Gazette:

“MONTREAL — Montreal’s Jewish community is reeling after synagogues and a Jewish school were targeted by vandals who smashed their windows Sunday and Monday.

On Sunday, the school and four synagogues were vandalized. The attacks continued Monday, with police adding a fifth synagogue to the list, although a spokesperson could not say which one as of early Monday afternoon.”

In fact, there seems to be a problem with antisemitism in parts of Canada, as reported in 2010 by the London Free Press:

“TORONTO – The annual B’Nai Brith audit on anti-Semitic incidents showed an increase of hate-related incidents across Canada in 2009.

The audit showed an 11.4% increase in incidents last year over 2008.

But the 10-year trend shows a five-fold increase in anti-Semitic incidents, the report shows.

Last year, there were 1,264 incidents, including harassment, assault and hate graffiti, compared to 1,135 in 2008.

In the Toronto area, the number of incidents dropped by 11%, but it increased in Ottawa by 14.5% and by more than 48% in Ontario overall.

B’Nai Brith executive vice-president Frank Dimant said he couldn’t explain why there’s a drop in the Toronto area.

The audit reported 884 cases of harassment, 348 of vandalism and 32 incidents of violence, which is twice as many violent attacks as in 2008.”

B’nai Brith Canada has documented the rise of anti-Jewish racism in Canada, their reports can be found here.

Written by modernityblog

19/01/2011 at 01:44

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  1. This would account for why so many religious Jews are emigrating from Montreal. Having lived nearby in Northern VT for a stretch the Quebecois at times are an odd lot, even for a jaded NYC resident.

    Some of the movement is marriage between Chasidic families. However, the young families chose to start their lives in friendlier NYC or upstate.


    22/01/2011 at 15:27

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