Anti-hate advocates mum on anti-Israel protests raging across Canada
Anti-hate advocates mum on anti-Israel protests raging across Canada

Amid nationwide demonstrations by supporters of Hamas, one federally-funded “anti-hate” organization has been apparently silent regarding antisemitic incidents and threats faced by Jewish communities.

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network, an organization that has received substantial funding from the federal government, has not published any reports or public comments on the antisemitism faced by Canadian Jews during these protests. 

Hamas’ attack on Israel last weekend triggered a series of rallies across Canada, with major anti-Israel demonstrations held in cities such as Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Montreal.

Tensions have often flared during these gatherings, leading to occasional clashes between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli demonstrators. The protests have also showcased controversial statements including calls for violence and escalation.

In one alarming incident in Edmonton, a rally speaker said Israel had “no civilians,” seemingly justifying the indiscriminate killing of Israeli citizens by Hamas. 

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network’s last article, titled “Infighting And Accusations Fly As Save The Children Convoy Kicks Off First Day Of Protests In Ottawa,” was released on October 5. 

No subsequent articles have been published since Hamas’ attack on Oct. 7. 

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network’s account on X (formerly Twitter) has not posted anything since Oct. 6.

In June 2022, the Canadian Anti-Hate Network received a grant from the Liberal government worth $268,400 to allegedly monitor hate groups in Canada. 

Additionally, the organization is seeking $5 million more, citing concerns that up to 15% of Canadians were allegedly far-right. 

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network did not respond to True North’s request for comment about whether it considers certain activities by pro-Hamas demonstrators to be hateful. 

In Toronto, local police took action by apprehending three individuals following violent threats directed towards a Jewish high school in North York. 

The threats were made at the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT) last week. Authorities were called to CHAT around noon after online reports circulated regarding potential threats and arrested the suspects soon after.

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