Canadian Jewish Congress Denounces Desecration of Hindu Temple

August 8, 2005

Source: Hindu Press International / Canadian Jewish Congress

On August 8, 2005 the Canadian Jewish Congress reported, "Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific Region, denounced the recent desecration of the Geeta Gyan Society temple in Surrey, and has offered its support and condolences to the congregation. The temple was defaced with graffiti that included racial aspersions, swastikas, and threats. 'No Canadian should face the spectacle of their place of worship being targeted by intolerance,' said Mark Weintraub, Chair of Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific Region. 'We share with the Hindu community their pain, outrage and disappointment at this attack on our society's cohesion,' he added. Weintraub noted that CJCPR hopes the Surrey police are able to find the perpetrators in order to bring them to justice. 'Canadian Jewish Congress has been a constant voice for education and enforcement against racial, religious and other forms of intolerance against all groups in our society. We hope that the perpetrators, once found, will face appropriate charges,' Weintraub added."