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B.C. Premier David Eby Strongly Condemns Surge in Hate Crimes, Asserting an End to Intolerance

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B.C. Premier David Eby Strongly Condemns Surge in Hate Crimes, Asserting an End to Intolerance

British Columbia Premier David Eby Denounces Recent Rise of Hate Crimes

British Columbia Premier David Eby has strongly condemned the recent surge in acts of hate in the province. Eby expressed deep concern over the increasing incidents of antisemitism, and attacks on religions and ethnicities in British Columbia.

In a written statement, Eby stated, “I have received reports of acts of antisemitism, including the appalling vandalism of a rabbi’s home and the threats of violence against two Jewish women following a peaceful rally. The Jewish community in B.C. is facing more hatred and discrimination than it has in a generation.”

Eby further revealed that there have been attacks on Muslim women in Vancouver, with reports indicating a significant rise in hate incidents from Muslim organizations.

Antisemitic Vandalism of Rabbi’s Home

One notable incident occurred on October 15 when a rabbi’s home in Surrey was targeted. The house was defaced with eggs and a Nazi symbol. Zev Schtroks, the rabbi’s son who resides at the property, witnessed the incident as he was leaving home to meet his father. He encountered a man holding a carton of eggs who asked if it was the Jewish temple. The man then proceeded to throw eggs at the building while Zev recorded the incident and called the police.

Rabbi Schtroks commented on the incident, saying, “Like most Jewish people, I am aware of our history and the calls circulating on the internet to harm Jewish individuals worldwide. I considered it to be only eggs— that was my initial thought.”

However, the incident has left the local Jewish community distressed.

Rise in Anti-2SLGBTQIA+ Rhetoric

Eby also expressed concern about the increase in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and its direct correlation to the targeting of gay and transgender communities in the United States. He emphasized the detrimental impact on LGBTQ individuals in British Columbia, who feel unwelcome and discriminated against because of their identity.

Eby emphasized that hateful words often pave the way for violent acts and emphasized the importance of eradicating bigotry, racism, Islamophobia, anti-Palestinian hate, antisemitism, and anti-Israeli hate from the province.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Leads to Protests and Tensions

The ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict has intensified tensions in British Columbia, with supporters from both sides holding large-scale rallies. Vancouver police reported responding to over 1,600 incidents during the previous weekend, largely due to nine protests in the downtown area.

It is important to note that since the war began, more than 1,400 people have died in Israel, while authorities in Gaza have reported a death toll of over 7,300 in the territory.

Eby concluded by stating that hate has no place in British Columbia, urging unity and the rejection of all forms of discrimination and hatred.

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