Police are investigating attempted arson after vandals threw Molotov cocktails at a synagogue and a Jewish centre in Montreal, Canada.
Broken bottles and burn marks were found on the front door of Congregation Beth Tikvah in the suburb of Dollard-des-Ormeau, where approximately 10% of the residents are Jewish. Similar signs of vandalism were found on the back door of the nearby Federation CJA building, reports The Jerusalem Post.
Montreal police said that no one was injured, and the building damage was minor. No suspects have been arrested yet.
„We are horrified that exactly one month to the day of the atrocities committed by Hamas, someone tried to burn down our house of worship,” said Henry Topas, the Quebec regional director of the B’nai Brith watchdog who is also the cantor at Congregation Beth Tikvah.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the incident on X, saying it was „deeply disturbing,” adding that „antisemitism is completely unacceptable and must always be condemned – our government will continue to work with Jewish communities to combat this hatred.”
Since the October 7 terror attack of Hamas on Israel, Montreal police have reportedly tallied 48 hate crimes and hate incidents against Jews. In comparison, Montreal police reported 72 hate crimes and incidents against all minorities for all of 2022.
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