Toronto Police: ‘Shiksa’ is a Slur


torontoNational Post reports: The Canadian Jewish Congress says the Toronto Police Service is pushing anti-hate law “to its most absurd level” by listing “non-Jewish Shiksa” as a victim category in its latest hate crime study.

The statistical report reveals that officers investigated hate crimes in Toronto last year against such unusual victim groups as teachers, feminists, infidels, police, and Nazis. But it is the redundantly named category of “non-Jewish Shiksa” – a ‘slur’ for a non-Jewish woman, from a Hebrew root meaning “a detested thing” — that has especially baffled the CJC, a prominent advocate for stronger hate crime laws.

“You just can’t apply it to literally everything,” said CEO Bernie Farber.

The report, not yet released on the TPS website, shows an increase in “hate/bias occurrences” over the year before, from 153 to 174, with 23 charges laid.

Jewish, black, and LGBT were the top victim categories, but Tamils also registered, with six occurrences. By far the most common crime was mischief, usually graffiti, followed by assault and threatening.

The 2009 shiksa incident, classified as “mischief,” happened in 53 Division, a central uptown area colloquially known among police as “Sleepy Hollow” because it includes the city’s most pleasant residential communities, including some of the Jewish neighbourhoods around Bathurst and Lawrence.

It is not known whether a charge was laid, or a prosecution successful.

A letter of complaint to Alok Mukherjee, chairman of the Toronto Police Services Board, says the CJC is “frankly mystified,” not just because “shiksa” is “sometimes used as a pejorative” and is therefore “inappropriate” for an official police category, but because hate crime sentencing provisions were meant to reflect not just simple membership in a group, but an “unchangeable” or “inescapable” aspect of the victim.

The letter also objects to the “police” category because police already enjoy special legal protection under the Criminal Code, and “Nazi” because political beliefs are not grounds for a hate crime.

“While it is recognized that every individual has multiple aspects to their identity, more than one of which could be cause for an offender to target them, it is the practice of the [Toronto Police Service Hate Crime] Unit to classify a hate/ bias occurrence based on the best known information that exists relevant to the offender’s perception of the victim,” the report reads.

{National Post/Noam Newscenter}


  1. And while we’re at it, why not Dumb Blonde? This is a bit overdone. Yes, the Polish cleaning lady is a Shiksa. No two ways about it.

  2. ridiculous governmental intrusions. so are the police going to pull every pejorative and label in every major language and list them? how far does this go? how about “goy”? is that okay. when one goy woman calls another “goy” woman a shiksa, is that an offense? so much for repeats of Steinfeld.