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A young hijab-wearing woman driving a car is stalked through traffic by a man making shooting gestures at her.
A girl's hair is set on fire at school by a boy making a slur against Jews.
Both incidents happened in the last year in Winnipeg, and both show anti-Islam and anti-Semitic forces are alive and kicking in Manitoba.
Now Jews and Muslims in the province are getting together to stand up to the hate.
They're holding workshops on March 25 and bringing in two guests: a high-profile imam on the front lines of Islamaphobia in the United States, and a Winnipeg-born rabbi and author at Hebrew College in Boston. Local organizers say the people promoting hate in Canada -- especially in social and online media -- need to be challenged.
"Our focus is the next generation," said Shahina Siddiqui, of the Islamic Social Services Association.
It's hosting the event with several groups, including the Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute and AdaMah'nitoba, the Manitoba Judaism and Ecology project.
"Our cultural, religious and democratic diversity feels under attack right now," said AdaMah'nitoba co-ordinator Alon Weinberg. Some "regressive" policies in Canada worry the man whose family was hit by the Holocaust.
The ecology project is trying to develop "a more unified sense of place," Weinberg said.
In the past, world politics have kept Manitoba Muslims and Jews from forming a united front to confront bigotry and racism, said Siddiqui.
"Whatever happens overseas should not impact us as Canadians and how we relate to each other," said the social worker.
"We wanted people in both communities to be talking and establishing solidarity.
"Bringing in the rabbi and the imam is important. We wanted people to see that religion, that faith is not the issue. If anything is going to bring us together, it's faith."
Rabbi Or Rose grew up in Winnipeg and occasionally experienced anti-Semitism.
"Teammates and competitors on sports teams made anti-Semitic comments from time to time, and random individuals would curse or say something derogatory on public buses or on the streets when they saw my kippah (Jewish head covering)," said Rose, the founding director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College.
"But I also met many non-Jewish people -- teachers, coaches and peers -- who were respectful and hospitable, and who encouraged me to develop my religious identity."
Rose said whenever he had a chance to talk to people who were "angered or confused" by his Jewish identity, their attitudes usually changed.
"To my mind, the most important thing we can do is to forge relationships with people across religious and cultural lines... to overcome the ignorance, suspicion and bigotry that exist in our communities and beyond."
Imam Abdullah Antepli, who gave the opening prayer at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, is a chaplain at Duke University in North Carolina. Growing up in a Muslim country, he was exposed to anti-Semitism as a youth.
After moving to the U.S., he toured Nazi concentration camps with other imams. He learned that the orchestrated evil didn't just happen secretly -- a good chunk of society was on board and allowed it.
After 20 years of reporting on the growing diversity of people calling Manitoba home, Carol moved to the legislature bureau in early 2020.