The Jewish community in Surrey, British Columbia, is living in fear after their synagogue was targeted by an act of antisemitic vandalism last week. The incident occurred when Zev Schtroks, the adult son of Rabbi Schtroks, caught a vandal in the act of egging the synagogue, which also serves as Zev’s residence.
Shocked by what he witnessed, Zev immediately called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The perpetrator claimed to be God and justified his actions as necessary to target the place of worship. Additionally, a swastika was found drawn on the synagogue’s window with a permanent marker.
In an exclusive statement to Rebel News, Zev Schtroks shared how the incident has left the community feeling upset and nervous. He emphasized the significance of the act, stating, “It’s what it means and what that could signify for the future, so it’s very scary.”
This act of vandalism comes at a time when Jewish communities across Canada are already on high alert. A global “day of rage” was declared on October 13, following a terrorist attack by Hamas on Israeli concert-goers a week prior. Jewish communities, including the one in Surrey, were particularly concerned about their safety during prayer services.
Rabbi Schtroks expressed his concern about the ideology driving such hate crimes. He questioned the individuals associated with the vandal and their support for the “mowing down” of Jewish people.
The RCMP is currently investigating the incident, and the suspect, described as a 25-35 year-old man with a slim or medium build, is still at large. The community is urged to provide any information to the Surrey RCMP or to contact Rebel News via email.
This act of antisemitic vandalism highlights the ongoing issue of hate and discrimination faced by Jewish communities. It is crucial for authorities to take swift action to identify and apprehend the perpetrator, ensuring the safety and security of the affected community.
The incident also serves as a reminder of the importance of promoting understanding, tolerance, and acceptance among different religious and cultural groups. Education and awareness can play a significant role in combating acts of hate and fostering a more inclusive society.
The Jewish community in Surrey, along with other communities affected by hate crimes, deserve support and solidarity during this challenging time. It is essential for individuals to speak out against antisemitism and other forms of discrimination, promoting a society where everyone feels safe and accepted.
By standing together, we can send a powerful message that hate and bigotry will not be tolerated, and that all individuals and communities deserve to live free from fear and discrimination.