'Now is not the time to be politically correct': Hampstead Mayor Jeremy Levi on rising antisemitism

Hampstead Mayor Jeremy Levi, who represents a large Jewish community in Montreal, is denouncing the state of fear Jewish people have endured since the Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas-led terror attack against Israel, which has seen radicals take to the streets in Canada to foment hate against Jews.

Remove Ads

In this exclusive interview with Jeremy Levi, mayor of Hampstead, a suburb of Montreal, Levi explains the situation his community has faced since the October 7, 2023, Hamas-led terror attack against Israel. In Canada, but especially in Montreal, antisemitism sentiment and hate crimes are on the rise.

Mayor Levi explained that on October 8, even before Israel had finished counting its dead or knew the number of hostages taken, pro-Hamas supporters were seen celebrating in front of the Israeli Consulate General's office in Montreal's Westmount area. They weren't just protesting; they were celebrating the massacre.

"That's the beginning of hate that we have seen," the Hampstead mayor said.

Levi recounted how, weeks later, people were tearing down posters of Israeli hostages.

"This was not something to say they oppose what's going on; these people were captured by sadistic terrorists," he emphasized. The mayor highlighted the ignorance of many individuals about the historical context of the Israeli conflict, stating that young people were tearing down these posters due to an ideology planted in their heads, displaying blatant antisemitism.

To combat this, Hampstead passed a bylaw imposing a $1,000 fine on anyone who tears down these posters. "Furthermore, we committed to donating the proceeds to Israel, supporting organizations like Magen David Adom or United Hatzalah," Levi added. This move aimed to deter such acts, though Levi acknowledged that while eradicating hate is impossible, controlling antisemitism is crucial.

Levi criticized the broader inaction from authorities in Canada, noting the lack of interest from other leaders in tackling antisemitism.

"I was invited to the North American Mayors Summit Against AntiSemitism in Florida. Out of all Canadian mayors, only the Consul General and I attended," he lamented, underscoring the federal government's inadequate response.

He also condemned elected officials for wearing symbols associated with Hamas, such as the keffiyeh, which he argued has been twisted into a symbol of radicalism. "It's inappropriate because of the fear and intimidation it now represents," Levi stated.

Regarding the recent shooting of a Jewish school, Levi placed significant blame on Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante for her weak leadership and failure to respond to the Association of Suburban Municipalities' call for additional police assistance.

"We still haven't received a response to our letter from November," Levi noted, highlighting the neglect in addressing the threats faced by the Jewish community.

Levi's message is clear: decisive and strong action is needed to combat antisemitism and protect communities. "Now is not the time to be politically correct. Now is the time to be strong in your opinions and positions," he asserted.

Remove Ads
Remove Ads

Don't Get Censored

Big Tech is censoring us. Sign up so we can always stay in touch.

Remove Ads