With antisemitic and anti-Israel incidents totaling 41% of all hate crimes in Toronto, and incidents recently in Barrie, Kitchener, and other major centres across the province, Premier Doug Ford is allotting $1.7 Million to fund awareness programs and enhance security measures for houses of worship and social centres through not-for-profit agencies.
According to B’nai Brith, more than 40% of all hate crimes in Canada are in Ontario, as are four of the five cities with the highest per capita rate nationally for incidents. In 2018, Jewish Canadians were the target of nearly 20% of all hate crimes in the country, and it isn’t going down.
Most recently in Oakville, a cenotaph honoring members of the SS Galichina division of the Waffen-SS was vandalized with the words “Nazi war monument”. The ‘Monument to the Glory of the UPA’, a memorial to members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, was unveiled on May 26, 1988. The dedication is inscribed: “To Those Who Died For the Freedom of Ukraine”.
The pillar, in a Ukrainian cemetery, commemorates members of the Nazi party’s military branch that exterminated defenceless Jews, a unit so important that in 1943 Heinrich Himmler gave recruits a pep talk about their contribution to ‘The Final Solution”. Following the end of WWII and despite the entire Waffen-SS being declared a “criminal organization”, Canada admitted between 1,200 and 2,000 veterans into the country – a policy condemned to this day.
Early in the investigation, police classified the vandalism as a “hate crime,” against Ukrainians. In reversing that position a Halton Regional police spokesman stated, “this incident occurred to a monument and the graffiti appeared to target an identifiable group” before admitting Nazis cannot be the victims of a hate crime.
The Oakville cemetery also has a monument to the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), which slaughtered almost 100,000 Poles. As reported in TheJ.ca, a bust of another UPA leader, Roman Shukhevych, is in Edmonton. He oversaw nationalist units that unleashed brutal anti-Semitic waves of violence.
In other Ontario news:
– Peel Regional Police continue to investigate 2 complaints from the Israeli Canadian Council, the first after anti-annexation protesters marched in Mississauga chanting “Jews are our dogs” on July 4. The other complaint related to a photograph of 3 bicycle members of the Peel police posing with CD4HR manager Firas Al Najim, who proclaimed that the officers supported the Palestinian calls for “liberation”.
– The most controversial location of Jew-hate this summer has been FOODBENDERS in Toronto where the backlash to the anti-police and #NoZionists pronouncements of the owner are ongoing. An Instagram post this weekend stated that the store was continuing to lose suppliers of staple items, such as drink vendor Mr. Case. MPP Roman Baber published a copy of his letter to the city Licencing and Standards department filing a formal complaint the restaurant is in breach of Section 27 of the Bylaw, which prohibits discrimination against consumers based on creed.
– A representative of the Unifor union in the Halton Hills area of Toronto listed Second World War Nazi memorabilia on Facebook for sale on Friday but deleted the lkisting after CBC contacted him. Wesley Gajda,was selling a statue and a medal adorned with swastikas “in good condition” for $300.
“I found both items in the late 70s in Europe never had any use for it and it’s time to get items out of my house,” listing the brand as “Adolf Hitler.” According to his online profile Gajda is “CNTL Regional Representative at Unifor Canada”, which represents nearly 3300 rail workers across Canada.
– Earlier this month Shackelton Auctions, near Aylmer posted an online sale of 1,200 pieces of military memorabilia from a private estate sale, that included 100 objects from Nazi Germany. The collection included postcards with Hitler’s image,cast iron busts of Hitler, flags, medals and armbands, swords and toys of German soldiers. Most of the items already have bids in the auction, which is set to end on August. 18.
In the rest of Canada:
– Like Ontario, Saskatchewan has also seen Nazi-era items appear for sale online. According to the Regina Leader Post
“Krave Collectables in Regina has two Nazi Germany uniform jackets for sale: A grey, formal-looking one with the Third Reich eagles and swastikas on each side of the collar, and a black jacket with a red armband displaying a swastika … Krave Collectables owner Gary Hudy wouldn’t agree to an interview unless he could proof-read the article before publication, a condition the Leader-Post declined. Ran Ukashi, national director of B’Nai Brith’s League For Human Rights, told the newspaper that selling Nazi items is not necessarily an endorsement of Nazi policy, “however, for many Canadians, and not only Canadian Jews, the idea of selling such items for profit is distasteful and extreme.”
– Somewhat under the radar, Fort McMurray has been added to the watch list for anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity after 100 people gathered in Jubilee Plaza on July 18th. Protesters wanted the government of Canada to more vigorously oppose the now-delayed repatriation of Judea and Samaria. “I don’t think people know just how ethically wrong it is,” an organizer and speaker at the rally told Fort McMurray Today, saying “It’s nationally illegal for this to happen.” Another protest organizer and Palestinian immigrant compared Israel’s treatment towards Palestinians to Canada’s treatment of Indigenous peoples.
Finally, Der Spiegel,reported that hundreds of Germans have signed up to move to Cape Breton Island with “far-right populist Germans” Eva Herman and Andreas Popp, and local realtor Frank Eckhardt, heading the initiative to create a “colony of like-minded” people. According to the National Post on Saturday, Herman and Popp denied being connected to Eckhardt, who Der Spiegel claimed is a Holocaust denier. In 2007 Herman was dismissed as news anchor for German national broadcaster ARD after endorsing family policies of the Nazi regime. Meanwhile, Eckhardt, Der Spiegel reports, is a so-called Reichsbuerger — “a person who feels the modern German state that arose after the Nazi defeat doesn’t have legitimacy.” Eckhardt’s real estate website reportedly calls Canada an escape from the “increasingly authoritarian and runaway administrative machinery” of the European Union.