A Jewish community center in Windsor, Ontario, received anti-Semitic hate mail that was similar to messages sent to several Canadian synagogues two months ago.
The flier, which calls to “expel the Jews to the lake of fire” and declares this is “Expulsion History Month,” was delivered to the center by regular mail on Friday.
“How many times have you been expelled?” it asks. “When it gets to dozens there have to be reasons, good reasons.”
The flier sent to the JCC includes a cartoon of children throwing stones and garbage at a stereotypical ultra-Orthodox-looking man and also says, “Judaism = Hate Speech” and “Jews = Synagogue of Satan.”
Police launched an investigation.
“This hate mail is clearly intended to spark fear in the Jewish community by promoting hate and violence,” Avi Benlolo, president of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, said in a statement.
In December 2017, B’nai Brith Canada said synagogues in Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton and Edmonton received identical letters featuring a swastika inside a bleeding Star of David with the phrase “Jewry must perish” during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
“It’s scary. It’s obviously a hate letter,” Julian Lewin, executive director of Shaare Zedek in Montreal, told Radio-Canada at the time.
Michael Mostyn, chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada, warned at the time of a resurgence of anti-Semitic vandalism across the country.
“Sadly, we’ve seen the swastika make something of a comeback this year, defacing the walls of high schools, university campuses, and public property,” Mostyn said in a statement. “Today, it is more imperative than ever that we condemn this symbol of racism and hatred.”
Earlier in 2017, B’nai Brith Canada reported that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Canada set a record in 2016, rising by 26 percent from the previous year.
According to the group’s annual audit that was released in May, B’nai Brith recorded 1,728 anti-Semitic incidents in 2016, compared to 1,277 incidents in 2015. The previous record of 1,627 incidents was set in 2014.
The audit attributed the increase in anti-Semitic incidents, including Holocaust denial, to anti-Zionist activism on social media and on college campuses along with anti-Israel sentiment found in some Arabic newspapers.