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Two antisemitic posters were discovered at the University of British Columbia's War Memorial Gym on Saturday. The discovery came on the eve of Remembrance Day events which commemorate Canada's military veterans.
According to local news outlet CKNW, one poster depicted Nazi soldiers with text declaring: "Lest We Forget — The True Heroes of World War II." Another poster featured a large swastika. Both posters displayed the URLs of racist websites.
B’nai Brith Canada issued a statement on Sunday condemning those who put the posters up. “Once again, we see antisemitism and neo-Nazism raising their ugly heads at a B.C. university,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “These disturbing incidents constitute a threat to Jewish students and other minorities on campus, as well as an unforgivable insult to Canadian veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice to defeat Nazi tyranny.”
Philip Steenkamp, UBC's vice president of external relations also released a statement: "The posters that were discovered at War Memorial Gym on November 11 are disturbing and of serious concern, particularly on a day when we collectively honor and remember all those who served in times of war, military conflict and peace."
Campus authorities are currently investigating the incident.