Swastikas have been drawn on at least two snow-covered cars in Toronto’s Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue area, CTV News has learned.
Several of the ignominious symbols were discovered Saturday morning on at least two cars that were parked outdoors overnight on a residential street in the neighbourhood, which has a sizeable Jewish population.
Photos of the defaced cars were sent to CTV National News Toronto bureau reporter Peter Akman. Toronto police say they are investigating the incidents. There was no reported damage to the vehicles.
The swastika is closely associated with Nazi Germany, which was responsible for the systematic murders of up to six million Jews and millions of others during the Second World War.
Today, it is still used by white-supremacist groups.
According to a May 2017 report by Jewish human rights group B’Nai Brith Canada, anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise in Canada. A Nov. 2017 report from Statistics Canada confirmed those findings, showing that police-reported hate crimes, including anti-Semitic incidents, increased from 2015 to 2016.
With files from CTV National News Toronto bureau reporter Peter Akman
#swastikas in the snow. Several left on cars across the Yonge and Eglinton area of #Toronto. #StopHate @TorontoPolice #HateCrime @CTVNews @UJAFederation @bnaibrithcanada @CanadianFSWC pic.twitter.com/MhBXrYC508— Peter Akman (@PeterAkman) January 13, 2018