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Defaced Tombstones: Anti-Semitic Incidents and Spray-Painted Swastikas

defaced tombstones: To some this debate may seem like an esoteric exercise, according to Rabble. After all, anti-Semitism hasn't been eradicated; Jewish organizations like B'nai Brith Canada release frequent tallies and stories of anti-Semitic incidents. The letter reproaches those who blend anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israel's policies and systems of occupation and apartheid as cynical and false. There are reports that appear regularly in social media feeds and the mainstream media that recount hate crimes such as defaced tombstones, spray-painted swastikas, or physical assaults. Some, like the Director of the Concordia University Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, cite empirical findings which show that anti-Semitic incidents in Canada have greatly declined in recent decades. Conversely, others claim that these stories elevate relatively minor incidents to the status of hate crimes, and that many are not crimes at all. ( As reported in the news.