Jihadis? Non-Muslim Leftists? No way to be sure at this point, but the scream of “F–k Jews” suggests Islamic anti-Semitism more than just opposition to Israel. However, the hatred of Jews that these men harbor almost certainly derives from “Palestinian” jihad propaganda, which is rooted in the jihad imperative to “drive them out from where they drove you out” (Qur’an 2:191) and destroy Israel utterly.
“Toronto Jewish community on alert after threats by hooded men taking photos of synagogue,” by Toby Trompeter, National Post, July 28, 2015 (thanks to Stephen):
TORONTO — The greater Toronto Jewish community is disquieted and on the alert after three hooded men took photos and yelled threats outside a Thornhill synagogue.
York Regional Police received a call from Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto (BAYT) on Friday, according to Const. Laura Nicolle. That afternoon, alerts went out via email and social media from synagogues across the GTA.
“This past Wednesday night, three men with concealed faces were observed taking photos of BAYT,’’ read one alert posted to Facebook and viewed by more than 20,000 people. ‘‘When they were approached, they yelled “F— Jews. Watch!”, jumped into their black Volkswagen Golf and drove off. The car’s licence plates were covered. Unfortunately, they were out of range of the BAYT cameras. Please be alert when walking, especially near our shul, and be on the look-out for such vehicles and/or people.”
Janice Savage, a BAYT member for three years, said the synagogue has increased its security.
‘‘It’s incumbent on all shul members to be vigilant — as the world we live in becomes more dangerous, the shul is responding to our new reality.”
Police cars were seen parked on Clark Avenue outside the synagogue all Saturday, as well as patrolling nearby York Hill Boulevard.
“I’m feeling very vulnerable. It was very reassuring on the Sabbath however to see the whole security task force of the BAYT in full swing. Members of the trained security team were at the door checking visitors — as well as a professional security guard,” said one BAYT neighbour who preferred to remain anonymous.
York region police said a BAYT security guard observed a car parked by a stop sign on York Hill Blvd., with two men nearby, at around 8 p.m. Wednesday. The guard believed they were possibly taking pictures of the security cameras.
“As security approached the men they got into the vehicle (and) fled the area,” said York Constable Andy Pattenden. ‘‘As they were driving away the guard believed he heard an offensive remark.”
Const. Pattenden confirmed they yelled “F— Jews,” but had nothing on record about the threat referred to in the email alerts.
The men wore hoodies that shielded their faces, and the licence plate covered with tinted plastic, rendering the guard unable to get the number….