Anti-Semitism in Canada reached new all-time highs in 2014, a new report revealed.
B’nai Brith Canada, a Jewish human rights organization that has tracked and documented anti-Semitism in Canada for the last 30 years, recorded 1,627 anti-Semitic incidents across the country last year.
The group’s annual audit showed a 28 percent increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents compared with 2013. The previous record of anti-Semitic incidents was from 2012, with 1,345 acts across the country.
According to B’nai Brith, majority of cases – 1,370 incidents – involved some type of harassment. 238 cases of vandalism were recorded and 19 occurrences involving harmful violence.
While the amount of anti-Semitic related violence dropped some 40 percent in the past year, the number of harassment incidents increased a staggering 30 percent.
“When examining the incidents in 2014, a clear pattern emerged,” explained Michael Mostyn, B’nai Brith Canada’s CEO in a press release. “It has become too easy to deny anti-Semitism, as long as it is reframed under the legitimizing veil of anti-Zionism.”
The report found that majority of anti-Semitic incidents occurred in Ontario, followed by Quebec and Atlantic Canada, which the group says is “consistent with years past.”
“Dramatic spikes” of anti-Semitism were found to have occurred in July, during Operation Protective Edge, and in December, when the white supremacists’ hold their annual anti-Jewish campaign during Christmastime.
Mostyn hailed the Canadian government’s “steadfast” approach in combating anti-Semitism, but added that “it would be east to allow the events of 2014 to convince Canadians that anti-Semitism has become an inevitable and insurmountable problem.”