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Antisemitism Continues to Rise

Two synagogues were attacked in Toronto on Sunday, June 30, by vandals who threw rocks through the synagogues’ windows. The first incident occurred at the Pride of Israel Synagogue, where congregants were shocked to discover several windows shattered, holes in their stained glass, and stones scattered onto the bimah. In the second incident, a vandal threw a stone through the window of the Kehillat Shaarei Torah Synagogue.

Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw said the two incidents are being investigated by the Hate Crime Unit. The Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center organization stated, “These two incidents come amid a dramatic upsurge in antisemitism in Canada that includes many antisemitic shootings, firebombings, bomb threats and vandalism attacks on Jewish institutions and businesses in Canada since October 7.”

Meanwhile, the Presbyterian Church USA voted during its biennial meeting on Monday to reject all forms of “Christian Zionism.” The resolution, which expands on a 2004 resolution condemning Christian Zionism, calls on the Church to “reject Christian Zionism in all its forms” and to confront the spread of Christian Zionism.

The resolution also drew distinctions between the “Biblical Israel” and the modern state of Israel and rejected attempts to use Biblical promises to the people of Israel to justify the existence of the modern Jewish State, instead insisting on “a biblical theology based on the Ten Commandments” in which the commandment not to covet that which is one’s neighbor’s would justify the rejection of Zionism.

A second resolution passed on Monday calls for the church to divest from Israel bonds as part of a campaign of divestment from Israel over its alleged occupation of “Palestinian territories,” Turkey for its occupation of northern Cyprus, and Morocco for its occupation of Western Sahara. (INN /VFI News)

“And in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion; He will turn godlessness away from Jacob.’” - Romans 11:26

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