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Arrest Made in Toronto as Man Exhibiting ‘Terrorist Flag’ Faces Charges for Inciting Public Hatred

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Public inciting of hatred charges have been filed against 41-year-old Maged Sameh Hilal Al Khalaf in downtown Toronto. The TPS charged him for displaying a “terrorist flag.” at a demonstration on Queen Street West and Bay Street. Public Safety Canada considers the flag’s organization a terrorist outfit. The Ontario Court of Justice will hear Al Khalaf on February 23.

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Toronto Police Chief Stresses Zero Tolerance for Hate Amidst Rising Protests

Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw said, “Hate and intimidation can have no space in our city.” He stressed the city’s commitment to public safety and condemned illegal behavior. The police did not reveal the terrorist insignia tied to the arrest because they did not want to promote terrorism-related hate.

Following rising protests in Toronto, particularly at the Avenue Road bridge over the Highway 401 flyover, the arrest occurred. These protests have caused public safety concerns, intimidating Jews. Chief Demkiw said future rallies or meetings on the Avenue Road overpass will be illegal and subject to arrest.

throughout recent months, Hamas’ unexpected attack on Israel has sparked anti-Israeli riots throughout the city. Canada calls Hamas a “terrorist organization.” Due to their ferocity, these protests have disrupted roads and raised public security concerns.

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Toronto Witnesses Surge in Hate Crimes: Arrests and Charges Addressed

On January 11, Chief Demkiw reported a sharp rise in hate crimes in Toronto at a TPS monthly board meeting. From January to September 2023, the agency received 47 hate crime calls each month. The average monthly call volume increased to 190 in October–December 2023. Most hate crimes in 2023 were anti-Semitic, 37%.

From October 7, 2023, to January 10, 2024, 54 hate-crime arrests and 117 charges were made. The most prevalent accusations were mischief, assault, and threats. A fire at a Jewish-owned grocery store and incendiary device attacks have raised fears about Toronto’s Jewish community’s safety.

In conclusion, Toronto police arrested Al Khalaf as part of their efforts to combat public encouragement of hatred and hate crimes, particularly amid rising protests.

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