As some of you are aware, this past week, as part of a public relations stunt, flyers were placed in mailboxes of homes and some businesses in Ottawa and in cities across Canada with a fake demolition/eviction notice as a crass form of anti-Israel protest. We have investigated thoroughly and do not see any evidence to suggest that Jewish homes and establishments were specifically targeted. While it is egregious and outrageous, these flyers do not constitute a hate crime.
Federation understands that receiving such a flyer at your home is deeply upsetting and we want to reassure our community that we are working closely with authorities and there is nothing to indicate an increased threat to the Jewish community.
We continue to encourage people to remain vigilant, follow security protocols, and report any concerns to CIJA through their website. And if it is an emergency, call 911. We also encourage you to visit FighIt.ca where you can learn more, find a range of resources, and call on the Government of Canada to address antisemitism.
Let me conclude with a personal story. Last weekend, I went for a bike ride, one in which I have struggled in the past. In fact, a couple of years ago, I actually quit while still far from home, and phoned a friend to come get me. This year was different and I am proud that I did not find the ride particularly challenging. I draw inspiration from this experience in our current fight against antisemitism. It is intimidating to write that first letter, and it can feel scary to take a stand. But the more you do it, the better you get it at and the easier it becomes.
Biking is a solo pursuit, the fight against antisemitism and justice for Indigenous people is a communal one in which all can and should play an important role.