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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Antisemitic posters spotted in Ottawa are being investigated by police

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  • Police are looking into eight incidents in which hateful and antisemitic comments were found on posters.
  • The Ottawa police hate and prejudice crime section is a model for the rest of the country in terms of how seriously it investigates such events.

Police are looking into eight incidents in which hateful and antisemitic comments were found on posters in public places in Ottawa.

Andrea Freedman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, noticed the posters in Kanata, Barrhaven, and most recently at a skatepark near Centrepointe Drive on Sunday.

“Seeing these types of ads in the city that we live in, that we love, in our nation’s capital is quite disturbing,” said Freedman.

She says she’s “comfortable” that the posters are being investigated as a hate crime. The Ottawa police hate and prejudice crime section is a model for the rest of the country in terms of how seriously it investigates such events.

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Anecdotal evidence of an increase in antisemitic hate crimes

Antisemitic incidents have increased anecdotally in the past year, according to both Ottawa police and Freedman.

“These posters are one of the first examples I’ve seen of somebody taking nasty lies about Jewish people from the darkest reaches of the internet and putting them in public locations in Ottawa,” Freedman said.

According to Freedman, the organisation works to educate its people on how to report hate crimes and provides information in its news release for anyone who comes across a similar poster.

“Do not remove the signs on your own. Please take a photo of them and note the time and location before contacting the police. Because the signs contain proof, the cops will remove them themselves. “According to the press release,

Anyone with information is requested to call the hate crime unit of the Ottawa police at 613-236-1222, ext. 5015.

Source from CBC

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