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Canadian Jews launch $10 mil campaign to keep Montreal agencies safe

(JTA) – Canadian Jews are looking to raise $10 million to provide security to communal institutions in Montreal. The Federation CJA, one of Canada’s largest Jewish organizations, said it has partnered with 31 Jewish institutions as part of its Community Security Network initiative and hired an outside firm to help develop strategies for protecting the community. The new strategy will focus on surveillance technology. The Canadians have looked south for some help, consulting among others Michael Masters, the national director of the Secure Community Network, a U.S. American program of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. In July, new crime data released by Statistics Canada showed that Canadian Jews remained the most targeted minority group for hate crimes in the country for the third year in a row, though there was a 4 percent decrease.

Hate crimes against Muslims fell 50 percent, and blacks saw a 15 percent drop.

On Saturday, two Jewish boys wearing kippahs were assaulted in a Toronto suburb while they were walking. The incident came on the heels of an assault on a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke in Montreal.

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