Jew allegedly assaulted while walking dog in Toronto neighborhood – .

Jew allegedly assaulted while walking dog in Toronto neighborhood – .

TORONTO – A Toronto man says he was the target of anti-Semitic assault and slurs while walking his dog on Wednesday.

Sam Brody says he was walking his dog around 9 a.m. near his downtown home when a man approached him.

“As we passed him he stopped and the body checked me in the fence here. I fell to the ground, ”he said.

The 29-year-old believes he was targeted for wearing a Jewish skullcap.

“This brazen assault comes amid an unprecedented wave of physical attacks on Canadian Jews,” B’nai Brith Canada wrote in a statement. “A recent assault on a Jewish man near his home in broad daylight is just the latest in a disturbing trend of attacks on Jews resulting from anti-Israel sentiment. “

Brody says the attack came out of nowhere and he didn’t know what to do.

“I was scared, like I didn’t know what he was going to do after that,” Brody said. “Someone hits me like that out of the blue, throws me to the ground, says something like that… I don’t know what he was going to do next.” I’m just scared, I’m still a little scared now, shaken.

Brody is now worried that the man lives in his neighborhood of Yonge and Eglinton where he recently moved with his wife.

Brody complained to Toronto Police and said officers had come to question him.

“At this time, we can confirm that we have a report of an assault that occurred on the morning of Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in the Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue area,” police told CTV News Toronto. . “The investigation is active and ongoing”

Brody posted an article about the assault on Facebook and as he spoke with CTV Toronto on his street, a woman named Eden Spodek recognized him from the ad.

“I think it’s horrible. I can’t believe it’s 2021 and it’s happening in Toronto. I have lived here most of my life. I lived in a smaller center, ”said Spodek.

“I know what it is like to be truly a minority and to be Jewish. It’s just very disturbing, scary. All hate crimes are equally disturbing and distressing. “

B’nai Brith Canada reports that in May alone there were 154 incidents of harassment, 51 incidents of vandalism and 61 incidents of violence.

B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn told CTV News Toronto that the Jewish community is afraid.

“This is not acceptable and that is why we hope the police will find the offender that the person will be prosecuted under the law,” he said.

“There must be consequences and individuals must know that there is a red line when it comes to hate, hateful acts, hate rhetoric will not be tolerated in this country. ”


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