Although we posted this last week, there is more information here.
By DIANE KOVEN, Ottawa Correspondent Thursday, 29 October 2009 OTTAWA — One of the capital’s two Jewish cemeteries was desecrated last week with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans.
Last Thursday morning, Oct. 22, police were contacted by neighbours who noticed a defaced sign at the gate to Jewish Memorial Gardens, located south of the city in the village of Herbert Corners. Some time during the previous night, eight headstones were defaced as well.
The vandalism is being investigated as a hate crime by the Ottawa police hate crimes unit.
“It is extremely disturbing to see such a determined act of hatred, and we are hopeful that this will outrage not only the victims of the hate, but the entire community of Ottawa,” said Mitchell Bellman, president of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.
“This was not just random vandalism. It is pretty nasty stuff.”
Swastikas, as well as the words “kike” and “F–k the Jews” were scrawled on headstones and the cemetery sign. In addition, Bellman said that stones had been kicked in a pattern that, if viewed from above, would look like a swastika.
“This attack on a defenceless cemetery reaches deep into the psyche of the entire Jewish community. Anti-Semitism is an ongoing problem right here in Canada, whether we want to admit that or not,” B’nai Brith Canada spokesperson Frank Dimant said in a statement.
Bellman said extra security has been discussed with police, but is difficult because of the cemetery’s remote location.
“It is an isolated cemetery in the country, in the middle of a farmer’s field, and there is a limit to what can be done to protect it,” he said.
Butch Zinman, chairperson of the agency that oversees both of Ottawa’s Jewish cemeteries, said monument suppliers and the cemetery’s landscape contractor pitched in immediately to help remove the graffiti, bringing chemicals and a pressure washer.
Staff at what is known as the “new Jewish cemetery” told CBC News that this was the first time the graveyard has been vandalized this way.
Ottawa’s older Jewish cemetery on Bank Street was vandalized twice in 2007.
Calls to police weren’t returned as of The CJN’s deadline.