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Police in Toronto have increased security near synagogues like this one.< /p>Radio-Canada

Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw confirms that more uniformed officers are being deployed to Jewish communities and near mosques in the wake of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. He adds, however, that there is “no credible threat” currently in Toronto.

Chief Demkiw summoned the press on Thursday morning to respond, he said, to the security “concerns” expressed by many residents.

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Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw says there are currently “no credible threats” specifically targeting the Queen City. /p>

In addition, police announced in the afternoon that they had arrested three men in connection with “threats” against the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, a secondary school private Jewish woman.

In addition to increased patrols near synagogues, Jewish schools, cultural centers and mosques, among others, the police are opening two command posts in Jewish neighborhoods in the west of the city along the avenue Bathurst.

You're going to see more police. We will ensure the safety and well-being of our communities.

A quote from Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw

He adds that police “continue to monitor” the situation, including threats circulating online.

In a statement published on social media, the Peel Regional Police, a suburb of Toronto, also claims to have “increased the deployment of resources near places of worship”, in particular.

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Sara Lefton, of the Jewish organization UJA in Toronto, says she is “scared.”

Sara Lefton of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto fears a “wave of hatred” against Jews around the world.

As a Jew living in Canada, I am afraid.

A quote from Sara Lefton, manager at the United Jewish Appeal

She welcomes the reinforced police presence in Toronto near places of worship and Jewish schools.

However, on Thursday afternoon, the police in Toronto says the hate crimes unit opened an investigation and three men were arrested in connection with threats against a Jewish high school.

On X, police stated: Report of 3 men at school who were ordered to leave by security. The suspect then threatened the school and left the area. Officers searched the area and arrested all 3 suspects. The Hate Crimes Unit is investigating.

The Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto is located near the intersection of Avenue Wilmington and Overbrook Square.

With information provided by Jérémie Bergeron

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