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B'nai Brith 2012 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents Shows Decrease of Antisemtiic Incidents in Manitoba in 2012

May 2, 2013

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY MANITOBA
 
The League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada has monitored and reported on hate-motivated incidents directed at the Jewish community in Canada for thirty one years. This annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents provides an examination of racism and bigotry in this country, as expressed in attacks of harassment, vandalism or violence against individual Jews or the community's institutions. It is cited by Statistics Canada, government and research agencies, and authoritative sources around the world and is the single most credible study of the phenomenon of antisemitism and patterns of occurrence and prejudice in Canada.
 
Manitoba in 2012
In Manitoba, there were 56 reported cases during 2012, compared to 78 in 2011 and 60 in 2010. The 2012 figure represents decrease of 28% over the 2011 findings. Despite this, it illustrates a continuing targeting of the Jewish community. The 2012 Manitoba incidents represent 4.2% of the country’s total 1345 cases.
 
The incidents are documented in the following categories:
39 cases of harassment
16 cases of vandalism
1 cases of violence
 
Manitoba
Total
Harassment
Vandalism
Violence
2012
56
39
16
1
2011
78
54
21
3
2010
60
31
29
0
 
The majority of incidents took place in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba where the vast majority of the province's Jewish population resides.
 
Private residences and public property were targeted by repeated incidents of ugly graffiti, including slurs and symbols of hate against the Jewish community.
 
The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) reported that it had responded to complaints of antisemitism in 2012, four  of them were hate- motivated activity targeting Jewish and one additional case is under investigation and remains unsolved.
 
Examples of incidents in Manitoba in 2012
- A well-known business owned by a visibly Jewish family was vandalized with antisemitic graffiti.
- A young girl whose hair was set on fire in a particularly ugly assault in 2011, is still being victimized via Facebook in 2012
- A Rabbi is harassed by a passersby while walking to the local synagogue.
- A person commenting on a media story about Canada cutting diplomatic ties with Iran calls for the Jewish state to be wiped off the map.
- Posters plastered repeatedly on the streets of Winnipeg publicizing the names of prominent members of the local Jewish community
 
Manitoba
 Number of Incidents
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
% of Total National
% of Total Regional
 
 
 
Incidents
Harassment
Vandalism
Violence
Incidents
Harassment
Vandalism
Violence
2012
 
56
39
16
1
4.2%
69.6%
28.5%
1. 8%
2011
 
78
54
21
3
6.2%
69.2%
26.9%
3.8%
 
 
The full text of the Audit can be accessed at: www.bnaibrith.ca
 
The League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada
Manitoba Region
C403-123 Doncaster Street Winnipeg  MB R3N 2B2
Tel.: 204.487.9623 Fax: 204.487.9648
 
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