BOMB THREAT PROMPTS EVACUATION AT JEWISH SCHOOL
“An anonymous bomb threat to a Toronto Jewish school has sparked fears within the Jewish and Muslim communities in light of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Over the past few weeks, Jewish and Muslim communities in Canada have faced targeting, reminiscent of the rising tensions in the Israel-Hamas war.
Bomb Threat at Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy
An email containing threats was sent to Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT), leading to the immediate evacuation of the school. The email, which indicated that multiple bombs had been placed in the buildings and car lot, specifically targeted the Jewish community, threatening “many Jews” with death.
Second Threat in Two Days
This is the second threat of this kind that CHAT has received, coming just a day after the first one. Dr. Jonathan Levy, Head of School at CHAT, expressed his outrage at these antisemitic events and commended the quick response of the Toronto Police in evacuating the students to safety.
The Toronto Police, including the Hate Crimes Unit, bomb squad, and K-9 Unit, quickly sprung into action to conduct a thorough search of the school. The building was later inspected and cleared, allowing for the school’s reopening. B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn expressed gratitude to the police services for their handling of the matter.
Leaders were urged to speak out more strongly against these actions. The Prime Minister and Toronto Mayor were called to condemn the terrorism and express the nation’s disgust at such acts. A Jewish daycare and a mosque in York Region were also targeted, prompting increased vigilance within these communities.
Fear of Reporting
While hundreds of incidents have been reported to the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), they believe that only a fraction of these incidents are being reported. Many who have faced threats or harassment are afraid of reporting to the police or speaking out publicly due to the fear of backlash or being re-targeted.
It’s disappointing to see these hateful events inflicting fear and insecurity within the Jewish and Muslim communities, especially at a time when the world should be focused on collective peace and understanding. As a society, we need to stand together against these acts of hate and ensure that all citizens are able to live without fear of persecution or harm based on their beliefs.”