September 18, 2005 |
Watching the news one night, Elizabeth Comper was horrified by a spate of anti-Semitic incidents in her hometown of Toronto: swastikas drawn on doors and cars, defiled gravestones, ugly graffiti. So the 59-year-old former elementary-school teacher cornered her husband in the bathroom the next morning and insisted he do something. As president and CEO of the Bank of Montreal, Tony Comper, 60, is one of the most influential financial leaders in North America.
November 18, 2003 |
President Jacques Chirac announced a tough policy to combat anti-Semitism, saying an attack on a Jew is an attack on the entire nation. The president spoke at a news conference that followed a weekend arson attack on a Jewish school.
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March 22, 2003 |
Reported anti-Jewish attacks jumped 60% in Canada last year to their highest level in 25 years, according to an audit released this month by B'nai B'rith Canada. The audit found that 459 incidents of anti-Semitism were reported in 2002, a year in which synagogues in Toronto, Saskatoon and Quebec City were torched and Jews were singled out for abuse by both radical Muslims and white supremacists.
October 20, 2000 |
In the cold drizzle of a dreary morning, Michel Mimouni looked on the charred ruins of the first synagogue so severely damaged in France since the Nazi occupation and struggled sadly to understand. "It's always against the Jews that such things happen," said Mimouni, 62, president of the Jewish congregation of 30 families in this gritty working-class suburb southwest of Paris. "I try to figure out why, but I can't."
March 25, 1999 |
For the first time in three years, anti-Semitic acts increased across the United States in 1998, the Anti-Defamation League said Wednesday. While the number of incidents involving harassment, threat or assault remained virtually unchanged, with 896 incidents reported, compared to 898 in 1997, the 1998 audit of anti-Semitic incidents showed an increase in vandalism at synagogues, Jewish schools, community centers and other communal institutions and private property.
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February 17, 1996 |
Anti-Semitic acts fell 11% last year, the largest one-year drop in a decade, according to a survey by a Jewish defense organization. A total of 1,843 acts of violence, threats, harassment or vandalism directed against Jews or Jewish institutions were reported during 1995, the Anti-Defamation League found in its annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States.