Edmonton police are investigating two reports of homes being approached before anti-Semitic remarks were made over the weekend, says Chief Dale McFee.
McFee on Twitter Monday evening that the investigations are being conducted in consultation with the division’s hate crimes and violent extremism unit. There are no details on where the homes are located or on what days the remarks were made.
“Incidents such as these have no place in our city, and we do not tolerate acts of intimidation or violence,” tweeted McFee. “We understand these acts create feelings of fear within our communities and as an organization we are committed to keeping people safe and fostering a sense of safety for all Edmontonians.”
The altercations came during a weekend where there was a large rally held in downtown Edmonton Saturday to show support for Palestine in response to ongoing violence in the Middle East. McFee said there is no indication at this time that the anti-Semitic remarks were connected to the rally.
“It is important to note that at this time, it is unknown if these incidents are related to the rallies for Palestine that occurred around Edmonton this weekend,” tweeted McFee.
Weekend rallies in other Canadian cities saw clashes between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine supporters that led to reports of police investigations being launched. No such altercations have been reported in Edmonton.
Edmonton police did not issue any formal communications of the anti-Semitic remarks outside of the chief’s Twitter page.
Speaking at a news conference earlier Monday, Premier Jason Kenney said he was concerned to hear of reports of anti-Semitism.
“I am concerned to have seen, over the weekend, a number of disturbing reports about anti-semitic threats and behaviour,” said Kenney. “There’s a report out of Edmonton about an individual who claims that people came to his house quote ‘asking if Jews lived here.’”