Police suspect hate crime after Jewish boys assaulted in Toronto

toronto-e1564999178933-640x400Source: The Times Of Israel

By TOI STAFF and JTA

Canadian police have opened a hate crime investigation after two Jewish boys were assaulted in an apparent anti-Semitic incident in Toronto on Saturday.

According to B’nai Brith Canada, the unidentified minors were walking in the suburb of Thornhill when they were accosted by another youth who verbally abused them, then punched one of them in the face and followed them as they attempted to leave the area. Both Jewish boys were wearing kippas.

“This is an extremely serious incident, and we trust that law enforcement will give it the attention that it deserves,” B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn said in a statement. “It is inconceivable that Jewish families will be afraid to send their children to the park, in a heavily Jewish neighborhood, on the Jewish Sabbath.”

The incident comes less than a week after a similarly violent incident in Montreal, in which a Jewish man wearing a kippah was assaulted by a taxi driver. During that incident, the cabbie was blocking the door to an underground garage at a condo building. When asked to move he replied “I won’t move for any f***ing Jews” and threatened to kill the other driver.

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