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Canada has been experiencing some of the worst outbreaks of antisemitism not seen since the end of the Second World War, says former justice minister Irwin Cotler, Canada’s special envoy on preserving Holocaust remembrance and combating antisemitism. “What we’re witnessing has been a global escalation in antisemitism, but Canada has not been free from that international dynamic,” Cotler said in an interview. Cotler was named special envoy last November, a role that was made permanent by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his virtual appearance at the concluding plenary session of the Malmo International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism on Oct. 13. Trudeau said Cotler’s office will also be supported by increased resources. Since 2017, Statistics Canada has consistently reported the Jewish community as the most frequently targeted religious minority when it comes to hate crimes. In 2019, out of 608 cases, antisemitism accounted for nearly half of them, with 296 cases. Jewish advocacy …