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Hate crimes down in Canada

MONTREAL, Feb. 18 (JTA) — Reports of anti-Semitism were down in Canada by 13 percent in 1997, according to a report released by B’nai Brith Canada. There were 212 reports of such incidents across the country last year, which is down from 244 reported incidents in 1996, according to B’nai Brith Canada’s League for Human Rights. The number of incidents reported in the workplace and at educational institutions, however, increased. Despite the overall decline, there’s a new way for Canadian anti-Semites such as the Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel to promulgate their views — the Internet, said Rochelle Wilner, national chairman of the League for Human Rights.