June 01, 2021

Canada - A Jewish-owned company targeting antisemitic graffiti at the Kensington Market in Toronto

Toronto, ON - Toronto Police have started an investigation into the attack, which occurred earlier this month, amid a marked rise in anti-Jewish attacks apparently driven by the pandemic and conflict in the Middle East echoing through Canadian streets.

“It was extremely upsetting,” Jeff Levy, owner of The Kensary cannabis dispensary on Kensington Avenue, told CTV News Toronto.

“It was a brand new store, we just put a lot of work into it, and we had to immediately clean it up. It was a disgrace,” Levy said.


Surveillance video shows what appears to be three people pulling out a can of spray paint and starting to write just after 10 p.m. on May 6.

The video shows an individual spraying a number of phrases across the store, before handing the paint to another person, while a third looks on.

The vandalism includes antisemitic phrases that make references to gas chambers.

“We got there just before noon, and it was all over our store. The remarks about the gas chambers, the gas chamber morgue, things like that, on our windows,” Levy said.