According to Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw, there has been an uptick in hate crimes in the city since the commencement of the Israel-Hamas conflict. In the city, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic attacks are on the rise. He stated that such hate crimes would be dealt with harshly.Hate crime has far-reaching consequences. It extends beyond the victim's physical and mental pain. However, he stated at a board meeting of the Toronto Police Services that it impacts all members of the targeted group.
To prevent hate crimes, the number of members of the hate crime team has grown from six to 32 since the commencement of the Israel-Hamas war. Demkiw claims that in the last month, police have detained 22 people and charged 58 others. Demkiv also stated that anyone who witnesses discriminatory or hostile behavior toward a certain community should immediately inform the police.