Vancouver’s Muslim, Jewish communities boost security, drills amid hate-crime spike

Vancouver’s Jewish and Muslim communities are growing safety measures and communication with police amidst rising issues in regards to the rise in anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hate crime.

“The North American Jewish group feels extra weak in the present day than it has in generations,” says Nico Slobinsky, the regional director of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

At a latest presentation on the Jewish Community Centre in Vancouver, Slobinsky famous Canada is “not immune” to world traits of anti-Semitism, noting that primarily based on Statistics Canada knowledge, an anti-Semitic incident was reported to police each 24 hours in Canada in 2017.

That knowledge exhibits the variety of hate crimes elevated by 47 per cent from 2014 to 2017, a change felt additionally in Vancouver, the place Jews and Muslims had been the commonest targets.

Musa Ismail, a longtime Muslim group chief, says it’s a part of a world phenomenon of assaults in opposition to holy websites, like latest shootings at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand and at a synagogue in San Diego.

“We are all being attacked. There are churches being attacked. My Jewish brothers are being attacked,” he says.

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