Toronto School Vandalized with Antisemitic Graffiti

May 27, 2020

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Toronto (May 27, 2020) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) condemns antisemitic graffiti discovered at a Toronto school this week.

Toronto police confirmed with FSWC that a swastika and the words "all heil Hitler" were found drawn in chalk on Dublin Heights Elementary and Middle School, which is located in an area with a large Jewish population. A caretaker reported the graffiti to police yesterday.

"It is extremely alarming and disturbing to see such a message of hatred written on a school, particularly in a city like Toronto which prides itself on diversity and tolerance," said Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, FSWC's Director of the Campaign Against Antisemitism. "We are pressing police to complete a thorough investigation in order to identify the perpetrator and lay appropriate charges. Hate has no place at our schools or anywhere else in the country."

Toronto police are currently investigating the incident and canvassing the area for witnesses and surveillance footage.

FSWC is reaching out to the school to offer its educators and students current online or future in-person workshops that address Holocaust history, antisemitism and human rights issues.