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Members of Guelph’s Jewish Community Advocates for Unity Over Hate

Members of the Guelph Jewish community call for civility amidst increasing tensions and threats. Advocating for mutual respect, they express concerns over anti-Semitism and the negative impact of divisive rhetoric.

Despite Guelph Police not having announced any updates to the unsolved incidents targeting the community that involved local ‘street artist’ Lionel and local group Show Up Guelph with some hate messaging and vandalism, there’s a strong desire for peace and a noted positive relationship between local Jewish and Muslim residents.

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The group was also responsible for blocking traffic on the Hanlon Expressway creating traffic chaos that prevented citizens from getting to their destinations. Elsewhere, such incidents even blocked emergency vehicles. Another incident of the protests saw similar groups blocking access to Mount Sinai hospital.

The community emphasizes the counter-productivity of divisive actions, urging a focus on unity and understanding.

Lionel and Show Up Guelph openly admitted to their involvement in the Guelph Bus Shelter Vandalism where some had the glass smashed, or as street artist Lionel once said “hacked” to replace advertisements with their own messaging. Some bus shelters were also spray painted with additional hate messaging. No word yet if the local media that has been in contact with these groups have assisted the Guelph Police in their ongoing active investigations.

The Guelph Police Service is committed to protecting the Charter rights of our citizens. As we seek to ensure the safety of our community, any criminal acts of mischief, vandalism and the willful promotion of hatred will be investigated accordingly.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Constable Jagdeep Atwal at 519-824-1212, ext. 7436, email him at jatwal@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

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