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Montreal Synagogues, School Vandalized

Published: January 17th 2011
in News » Local

School vandalized

Windows were smashed at approximately 2:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17, at four synagogues and a Jewish school in Cote Saint-Luc and Hampstead, both Jewish neighbourhoods in Montreal.


According to Montreal’s Jewish Community Security Coordinating Committee, these acts of vandalism are not isolated.


"There have been similar incidents over the past few months that haven't garnered any attention," Rabbi Reuben Poupko, the security committee's chairman, told The Montreal Gazette. "It's increasing in intensity and frequency. These are cowards who act under the cover of darkness, who fling rocks in the middle of the night, and they will not determine how the Jewish community behaves or gathers for prayer or for study. We will continue to use our institutions despite these continued assaults on our buildings."


Last March, a synagogue in a neighboring suburb was defaced with swastikas and Jewish objects were desecrated.


Two months ago, another synagogue in nearby Laval, Quebec, suffered extensive damage after vandals placed a garden hose into a pipe that led into the building's oil tank and left it to flood overnight. More than 600 gallons of oil spilled onto the back lawn, causing contamination and other damage to the building.

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