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The Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto high school had to be evacuated on Friday.

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The Jewish and Muslim communities have both faced bomb calls over the past 24 hours in the GTA.

The Jaffari Community Center mosque in Vaughan, a northern suburb of Toronto, and The Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, which is located in the North York neighborhood of Toronto, received bomb calls.

On Friday, Toronto police confirmed that a high school had been evacuated.

The canine squad was deployed on site, added the police service on This is The Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto.

The school's principal, Dr. Jonathan Levy, said at a press briefing that it was a “bomb call” that directly targeted the Jewish community.

Jack Gurr of the Toronto police said: We checked thoroughly, we We are convinced that there is nothing here.

At 1:45 p.m., students were able to pick up their belongings and were sent home for the weekend, Dr. Levy said.

Ashley Visser of Toronto police confirmed by phone that it was indeed a bomb threat and that a 911 call was made at 11:25 a.m. .

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow commented on the news in a statement issued Friday afternoon. Anti-Semitism is unacceptable. Children, adolescents, teachers and education workers should be able to attend school without fear of violence. Parents and guardians deserve to know that their children and loved ones are safe. […] We must be united in the face of hatred and discrimination, she said.

Thursday evening, York Region police said on X that a community center near the intersection of Bathurst Street and Ner Israel Drive in Vaughan had been targeted. The building was evacuated and police checked the surrounding area. No threats found. The property is secure. There is no safety risk, we add.

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The Jaffari Community Center in Vaughan had to be evacuated on Thursday.

By phone Friday, Clint Whitney of the York Region Police Service confirmed that a bomb threat had been received and that it was indeed the mosque – which is also a community center – Jaffari Community Centre.

Mr. Whitney added that a joint investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Hate Crimes Unit had been launched.

We understand that this causes a lot of fear and upset in the community. We maintained a presence in the area and encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious or has concerns to contact us at any time, he said.

Vaughan Mayor Steven Del Duca also reacted to the news. In a post on X Friday morning, he thanked York Region police officers. We will continue to fight Islamophobia and make clear that this type of hatred and intolerance has no place in Vaughan, he added.

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