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Jewish Youths Attacked in Toronto During Sport Game; One Hospitalized

May 19, 1965
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A Jewish boy was hospitalized, several other Jewish youths were treated at a hospital and released, and two non-Jewish youths were arrested here today after a group of hooligans attacked the Beth Sholom Youth Organization which was engaged in a baseball game on Toronto Island.

The Beth Sholom youths were playing when they were attacked by a gang wielding chains and using water hose. The Jewish boys fought back. Howard Hoffman, 17, of the Beth Sholom group, was hospitalized. Police arrested two of the attackers, one of whom is 17, the other 15.

Although a new anti-Semitic group, called the Canadian Nazi Party, was formed in his city recently, and Nazi leaflets have been distributed widely, both police and the Jewish youths agreed that the attackers were only hooligans and were not motivated by anti-Semitism. Toronto newspapers, featuring the occurrence, demanded more police protection for youths using the playing fields on Toronto Island.

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