Montreal Jews shaken after 5 synagogues, school vandalized


I’m also the president of one of the shuls that was hit, plus I work for the jewish community. Damage was minimal, and the police are taking it very seriously. We’ve had sporadic stuff for the last few months that didn’t make the papers, low level vandalism. But there’s for sure something going on.

Attacks ‘increasing in intensity and frequency,’ rabbi says

The Gazette January 17, 2011 6:56 PM

A man stands at the plywood-covered entrance of the Beth Rambam synagogue in Côte St. Luc on Monday, January 17, 2011. The synagogue was one of several Jewish locations that were vandalized late Saturday night.

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A man stands at the plywood-covered entrance of the Beth Rambam synagogue in Côte St. Luc on Monday, January 17, 2011. The synagogue was one of several Jewish locations that were vandalized late Saturday night.
Photograph by: Dario Ayala, Montreal Gazette

MONTREAL – Montreal’s Jewish community was reeling Sunday after four synagogues and a Jewish school were targeted by vandals in the early hours of the morning.

And on Monday. Montreal police said a fifth synagogue has been vandalized, although a spokesperson could not say which one as of early Monday afternoon.

Beth Rambam, Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem and Beth Zion synagogues in Côte St. Luc and Dorshei Emet synagogue in Hampstead were all targeted by vandals who threw rocks at the windows of the buildings, smashing several and causing thousands of dollars in damages, said Rabbi Reuben Poupko. The Yavné Academy in Côte St. Luc was also hit.

Poupko, who serves as chairman of the Jewish Community Security Co-ordinating Committee, called the crimes “an organized and systematic attack on Jewish institutional life” and promised that the people who use the buildings on a regular basis would not be intimidated by the vandals.

“The reason it’s so troubling is that was not an isolated affair,” he said.

“There have been similar incidents over the past few months that haven’t garnered any attention. It’s increasing in intensity and frequency.”

So far, Poupko said, the vandalism has largely been limited to broken windows, but in one incident last March, the Ahavath Israel synagogue in Outremont was defaced with swastikas.

Montreal police have visited all five locations targeted early Sunday morning, and will be reviewing security tapes provided by the synagogues starting Monday, Poupko said. The cameras were installed over the last few years in response to attacks against Jewish buildings in Montreal and other cities, he explained.

“We felt this was a necessary investment,” he said. “These are not just crimes against a buildings. They’re crimes against a community.”

Montreal police constable Simon Delorme said Monday police believe the incidents may be linked, or that the same suspect or suspects may be involved, because the incidents took place around the same time and with similar results.

Politicians have joined a growing chorus in condemnation of the attacks.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney called the attacks “disturbing” and told radio station CJAD Monday that they are linked to what he called a “new anti-Semitism,” often tied to extremist politics emanating from the Middle East.

He said the wave of hatred often inspires the naive or vulnerable to adopt the same anti-Semitic ideology.

“We don’t know the reason behind this particular wave of vandalism but we do know that all Canadians must join together in combating all forms of hatred and prejudice particularly the pernicious and durable form of hatred which is anti-Semitism,” Kenney said.

Also on Monday, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff put out a statement calling the attacks “hateful and systematic acts” that “represent an attack on an entire religious community.”

He said the federal government must do more “to provide adequate safety and security provisions for religious communities, and it must work closely with the RCMP and CSIS so hate crimes in Canada can be eradicated once and for all.”

Liberal human rights critic Irwin Cotler noted the timing of the attack Monday, which coincided with Raoul Wallenberg Day in Canada — a day to remember the Swedish diplomat who rescued more than 100,000 Jews during the Holocaust.

On “a day set aside to reflect and act upon the heroism of Canada’s first honorary citizen, a man who stood up, confronted and combated the worst of hatred and prevailed — these attacks should act as a call to mobilize against the forces of hatred and anti-Semitism,” Cotler said in a statement.

The attacks drew statements of condemnation from the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies in Toronto and B’nai Brith Canada.

The Wiesenthal Center called upon Montreal and Quebec leaders to rally behind the Jewish community.

“The hatred displayed by these actions can be countered by a strong show of support and a determination to prevent the seeds of anti-Semitism from taking root in Quebec,” said Avi Benlolo, a prominent Canadian human rights activist and president and CEO of the Wiesenthal Center.

B’nai Brith called for a strong response from police to what it said were not isolated examples of vandalism, urging an investigation into what it said were hate-motivated crimes.

“Following what appears to be an orchestrated campaign of anti-Semitic attacks, there is particular concern about the targeting of a school and daycare,” the organization said.

Postmedia News contributed to this report
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5 Replies to “Montreal Jews shaken after 5 synagogues, school vandalized”

  1. Shirl get ready for more of these actions, I don’t know about Canada but in the US they are still illegal and in most of the country politically incorrect, it is only in San Francisco and on some of the major Universities that attacks like this are tolerated. I know France, Holland and the other European nations aren’t doing much to stop the attacks but I don’t think they will become common in the Western Hemisphere.

  2. ‘I don’t think they will become common in the Western Hemisphere.’

    ???? ??? ???????

    Which is ” from your lips to God’s ears” Not from your mouth, which is the common mis quote

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