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Hate crimes: increase in calls for violence police in Toronto

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Toronto police have increased security near synagogues, including this one. (Archive photo)


In Toronto, the number of calls received daily by police relating to alleged hate crimes has jumped 132% since the attack of Hamas against Israel on October 7, said Police Chief Myron Demkiw.

The police had already announced a week ago a strengthening of security near synagogues and mosques, in particular, in the wake of the outbreak of war between Hamas and Israel.

Police confirmed 14 hate crimes between October 7 and 9, compared to 5 cases during the same period last year and 1 case in 2021.

Police Chief Myron Demkiw said 12 of the cases earlier in October involved anti-Semitism, while the other two targeted Muslims.< /p>

The number of hate crimes recorded by police in Toronto from January 1 to October 7 this year stands at 237, added Chief Demkiw , compared to 192 last year.

Confirmed cases of mischief, death threats and criminal harassment [linked to hate crimes] are increasing in number, he said, promising to continue to fight against this trend.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116