The Canada-Israel Friendship Association shared some concerning news on their facebook page. According to a recent post, anti-semitic graffiti was spotted recently in Vaughan, Ontario. The association said the threatening graffiti was reported by a resident yesterday.
The post says, "on April 27, 2019, a resident of Thornhill Woods in Vaughan, Ontario, a predominantly Jewish suburb of Toronto, reported on an antisemitic graffiti spray-painted on the garage doors of her neighbours."
The graffiti, targeting the Jewish community, comes on the last day of the Jewish holiday of Passover. This week-long holiday, which went from April 19 to 27 this year, celebrates when the Jewish people were freed from Egypt.
Tragically, yesterday a shooter in San Diego, California also targetted this holiday. They opened fire on a synagogue, a Jewish place of worship, killing one person and injuring three others. While this graffiti isn't as severe as the shooting, it is still terrifying and threatening.
In a photo accompanying the post from the Canada-Israel Friendship Association, the graffiti is seen painted on the garage doors of a local house. It reads "watch urself" on one of the doors, with a swastika and what appears to say "we watch" on the other.
The MPP for Thornhill, Gila Martow also commented on this threatening graffiti on Twitter saying that it is heartbreaking but Thornhill will remain strong and encouraging people to also stay vigilant.
Martow also reminds residents to call York Regional Police if they see anything suspicious. Meanwhile, CityNews reports that the police are aware of they call a potentially hate-motivated incident and are investigating.
The Canada-Israel Friendship Association saying in their post "the Jewish human rights advocate B’nai Brith Canada tracks cases of anti-Semitism and they say it’s definitely on the rise, with 2016 and 2017 being record-breaking years. Most of the cases involve harassment and most of it occurs online."
They go on to say that in 2017, in Canada alone there were "1,752 recorded incidents of anti-Semitism." These include harassment and cases of graffiti like the one in Vaughan.