Saturday, July 20, 2024

Premier Eby issues statement amid hateful acts being reported throughout BC


With every weekend seeing protests and counter protests gathering at the BC legislature and other sites throughout the province, Premier David Eby has released a statement to try and deter people from engaging in violent and hateful acts. 

“This month, we have seen reprehensible acts of hate in our province,” stated Premier Eby. 

“I am hearing directly about acts of antisemitism from people here in our province, including the vile vandalism of a rabbi’s home and two Jewish women threatened with violence following a peaceful rally.”

“The Jewish community in BC is facing more hatred and discrimination than it has in a generation,” he continued.

He said that while some of these acts are being reported on, countless others have gone on without any public knowledge.

Both Jewish British Columbians and Muslims have been the victims of abhorrent hate crimes in BC because of the ongoing strife between Hamas and Israel which has led to innocents dying and genocidal tactics being imparted upon the people of Palestine.

“Members of the Jewish, Israeli, Palestinian and Muslim communities have shared with me the indescribable pain they feel over the loss of life in the Middle East. I have heard the pain in their voices. I have seen the fear they are now living with,” Premier Eby said.

He related what is now going on in BC to the anti-Asian hatred he witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic which he said perpetuated racist conspiracy theories that blamed one community for the global pandemic that affected everyone around the world.

Premier Eby added that he has noticed an increase in anti-2SLGBTQIA+ rhetoric in BC that is taking place due to the targeting of gay and trans communities in the United States. 

“There are very real impacts for gay and trans adults and kids here who feel that they are not welcome for being who they are,” he said. 

“We should always remember that hateful words too often precede violent acts.”

The premier wants to convey to British Colubians that what happens on an international scale, no matter how distressing, does not give anyone the right to take out the conflicts upon their neighbours.

“In our communities, please reach out and look for someone who needs support, because there are many people who need support right now,” stated Premier Eby. 

“There is no place for bigotry here. There is no place for racism here. There is no place for Islamophobia or anti-Palestinian hate here. There is no place for antisemitism or anti-Israeli hate here.

“There can be no place for any form of hatred here in BC because we are stronger and better together,” he added. 

Curtis Blandy

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