B’nai Brith Canada on Sunday has expressed concern over the attack on two Jewish boys in the Jewish community in the Greater Toronto Area.
The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon when two boys, wearing Kippot, were walking near the Garnet A. Williams community center in Thornhill, north of Toronto.
Another youth approached the two boys and began to insult them. As the Jewish boys tried to leave, the young man hit one of the Jewish boys in the face and started chasing after them, until a passerby took notice.
One of the victims then went to the emergency room for treatment, B’nai Brith said.
“This is an extremely serious incident and we hope the police will give it all the attention it deserves,” said Michael Mostyn, President and CEO of B’nai Brith Canada.
“It is inconceivable that Jewish families are afraid to send their children to the park in a densely populated area on the Sabbath,” he added.
The two Jewish boys were not able to record the incident, because it took place on the Sabbath when observant Jews do not carry electronic devices such as mobile phones.
This incident comes mere days after a man wearing a kippah was assaulted by a taxi driver in Montreal. The cab driver was blocking a garage door of a condominium building in the Saint-Laurent borough of Montreal.
A nearby driver honked to indicate that he had to move away from the door. The taxi driver looked oui to see who was honking and noticed that the driver was wearing kippa. He then went into a tirade of how he was going to kill him.
“I will not move for any f **** of Jew!,” he said
The victim then attempted to a picture of the taxi’s license plate to file a complaint. When theKippahtaxi driver saw this he got out and threw the Jeish drivers phone on the ground, and began to beat him while shouting anti-Semitic insults.
The victim was taken to a local hospital.
B’nai Brith Canada released a statement on the incident by saying, “This is a shocking anti-Semitic hate crime, in which a person could have been seriously injured or even killed.