Monday, January 17, 2011

Wave of organized anti-semitism in Montreal

From the Montreal Gazette:
Montreal's Jewish community is reeling after synagogues and a Jewish school were targeted by vandals who smashed their windows Sunday and Monday.

On Sunday, the school and four synagogues were vandalized. The attacks continued Monday, with police adding a fifth synagogue to the list, although a spokesperson could not say which one as of early Monday afternoon.

Beth Rambam, Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem and Beth Zion synagogues in Cote-St-Luc and Dorshei Emet synagogue in Hampstead were targeted by vandals who threw rocks at the windows, smashing several and causing thousands of dollars in damages, said Rabbi Reuben Poupko.

The Yavne Academy in Cote-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."
Well, what can you expect? The police are probably so fixated on stopping fictional Islamophobic attacks that they don't have any resources left for protecting Jews.

(h/t LLM)