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April 26, 2013 4:50 pm

Holocaust Denial Cases Up 77 Percent in Canada, Audit Finds

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Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada rose by 3.7 percent in 2012, and Holocaust denial rose 77 percent, an annual audit revealed.

The report released by the League for Human Rights of B’nai B’rith Canada showed that there were 1,345 anti-Semitic incidents in Canada in 2012, up from 1,297 in 2011.

The analysis highlighted several regional anomalies, with the number of anti-Semitic incidents rising by 25 percent in Canada’s three most western provinces. Also, in the Québec province (excluding the city of Montreal), there was a four-fold increase.

“We are particularly concerned about this year’s findings of increased participation in these incidents by perpetrators self-identifying as Muslims who are apparently supportive of Islamist ideologies of hate and violence,” Frank Dimant, the CEO of B’nai B’rith Canada, said. “But we are encouraged by the many Muslims with whom we work closely, who are prepared to expose anti-Semitism in their community.”

Dimant said the audit showed an overall decrease in vandalism and violence, but a 10.6 percent increase in harassment incidents.

“Jews were targeted in their homes and at their workplaces, on their way to synagogue or returning from school,” Dimant said. “The language has moved from ‘F**k the Jews’ to ‘Kill the Jews,’ with Holocaust denial cases soaring by 77 percent and threats becoming more ugly, explicit and open.”

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  • In the U.S., Holocaust education is blocked by numerous factors in the schools. Our precious survivors are aging. And Holocaust denial is rising as these two factors are on the decline. As a Holocaust educator-author-activist, I try to bring Holocaust education to wherever I’m invited, but the demand doesn’t seem to be there. As Orwell put it in “1984”: ” ‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'” Who’s controlling our past in North America?

  • Francis

    What happens in europe spreads to canada, the rise in radical islam is targetting jews everywhere, societies have proven themselves ynabled to protect the jewish population, rhe politically correct has killed the commun sense. It is sad indeed and goes against our desire of peace, but it s time for us to get together and make surewe can defend our community and retaliate if needed. These people only understand violence and so far they consider us sheeps, it s time to show them we are the descendants of David, that we will not allow another Toulouse incident where 2 small children were murdered in cold blood. It s time to react and organize ourselves.

  • Yeah, right: carry a concealed weapon. (Make sure you have a license to carry it…go to your local City Hall for details. ) Oh, and don’t forget to discuss the matter fully (ah sed FULLY) with you favorite lawyer, before you walk out the door. There may be some things you oughta know…knowhudimean???

    It might be a good idea to carry a copy of your letter to City Hall and their response. Better yet: 1. STAY HOME!! You are looking for trouble.
    2. Dress up like a policeman.
    3. Dress up like a rabbi, or, at least, wear a kippah.
    4, Dress up like a Catholic priest. (NO OFFENSE INTENDED!)
    5. stay home!!

  • When ever a country lets mass immigration of muslim happen,this is the results to jewish communities first. Than,it spreads out to others also Dear people of this site. You say this is an duplicate comment every time I come on your site. I have made no comments in 3 months. Therefore you lie

    print this if you dare.

  • Jill Skriver

    It is imperative that the Holocaust is taught in school but it should also be every parent’s responsibility as well. I am not Jewish but I’m fed up with the blatant unfounded targeting that ALL of us have the responsibility of stopping.

  • Fred

    The trouble is that after the war where the horror of the years of the gruesome mass murder was uncovered. There was and is a trend in the media to shield the viewer from viewing the truths & facts as was shown in the concentration camps. Because of this you have an world that is ignorant of the facts and an army of deniers specially supported by middle eastern money & propaganda. Truth is always a victim. Most western Governments have no guts to defend their citizens from such onslaught. What you know not does not make you hot, hatred has its way, pity the West can put brakes on if only by education. If not now there will be a price to pay.

  • Frederick Remington

    Dear fellow Jews, it may be summed up in two words: “concealed carry.” Learn to shoot and carry a concealed weapon.

    Fred (Avi) Remington

    • Nachum

      I agree that concealed carry is one realistic answer to this form of hate. You need to be prepared to protect yourself and your family from this type of hatred. Nobody will protect you if you are not willing to protect yourself.

    • Steven

      Special treatment uh? What about the Mossad interventions?