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Jews Fear 'Orchestrated Campaign' of Hate After Attacks in Montreal

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Four synagogues, a Jewish school and a daycare had their windows smashed in the city's west end. Meanwhile, in the east end, controversy raged over a local shoe store that is being boycotted by some Montrealers because it sells shoes made in Israel.

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Stan B (123)
Monday January 17, 2011, 10:51 pm
Shades of the Third Reich. Wonder who is responsible.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 12:02 am
Simple minded bigots who delight in inciting hatred and fear.

Thomas C (116)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 1:28 am
Boycotting stores that support Isreal's oppression of the Palestinians (and unless these shoes are made in the occupied lands I can see no justification for such a boycott), is one thing! Attacking Jewish culture, Synogogues and the like is no different to the actions of Nazism from the 20th century or the destruction of Christian Churches or Mosques around the world today. Such attacks are sadly likely to come from those as brainless as their Nazi models, their motivation being as pointless as football hooligans! What these people gain from their ignorant and hateful actions can only be likened to the bizarre motivation of those who kill animals for fun and claim their hunting to be "sport". These people are clearly deranged and in need of mental health provision as a matter of extreme urgency!

Hugh M (75)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 1:40 am
There's a very big difference between a legitimate boycott action and a racially motivated crime. Smashing windows is not a boycott action, it is an act of violence. I have little sympathy for the Israeli government's continued aggression against their Palestinian citizens but to respond by attacking the persons or proerty of Jewish people in other countries such as Canada will solve nothing. An openly stated boycott is a reasonable tool of persuasion but I would want to be sure it is the political target that feels the issue, not some local business person trying 'to make a buck'. Violence begets violence.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 3:50 am
I should like to know more about what is behind this.

Mike S (86)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 8:03 am
I saw the report about this last night on CBC's The National. There is footage from one security camera showing a lone person in the act of throwing something at the building. The footage is in the hands of the police and the investigation is ongoing.
Noted and thanks Cal.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 2:55 pm
noted, thanks Cal

Alejandra Vega (139)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 6:38 pm
Sadly noted

Diana W (2)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 2:59 am
Cal, thanks for spreading the news.

Sakib H (5)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 4:05 am
I am not a Zionist but attacking Synagogues and day cares is just plain wrong.

Roger G (154)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 12:04 pm
guess who is doing all of it ?

Doug C (51)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 12:31 pm
Antisemitisism and racial bigotry are not only hateful, ignorant, distasteful and cruel, they are stupid. If you buy a white Ford pick-up and the engine falls out do you avoid all white vehicles from then on. Or only white vehicles that are trucks? Never could figure out the logic behind racism.
As for boycotting Israel, most of the people I know who express the need for an Israel boycott are Jewish.

Arthur Lamirande (0)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 12:54 pm
And to imagine: All I thought you had to worry about in Montreal was the pickpockets imported from Paris!

Andrea Connelly (94)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 1:57 pm
The Jewish community of Montreal, and Quebec should appeal to Premier Jean Charest ,a Liberal
(ex- Conservative) who's party always had the Jewish people's support. He is going through some tough electoral times right now and he needs all his friends. Let us see what he can do for them.

William Y (54)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 3:59 pm
When are people going to become civilized? Boycott is one thing, violence, vandalism and bigotry are just inhuman.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 4:51 pm
I am an Canadian and deplore any acts of violence against any Religion, race, people or community BUT I will continue my boycott of all Israeli products until they return the occupied territories of the Palestinians.
They also need to knock down their wall, unless they enjoy being in a ghetto built to keep themselves away from the rest of the world. I understand their fear but turning another people into Pariahs is not the way to do it.

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 4:52 pm
I am not a friend of Israel, but this kind of violence will not help bring any solutions if there is any to Israels settlements or nothing attitude.

. (0)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 5:26 pm
For all the comments made in reference to the Palestinians in relations to this article, WHAT DOES ONE HAVE TO DO WITH THE OTHER? All your comments just out you as people who do not have a clue to what is at issue in Israel and the Palestinian issue. This is a hate crime- as simple as that. The Jewish people are not unfamiliar with random acts of hate. This does not read as a political issue. Reserve your opinions for an article where they apply.

Gloria H (88)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 7:18 pm
well, this is obviously hate crimes. I think the main blame was when the Allies gave land to create the country of Israel, created havoc in the Middle East, and then sat back and watched the result unfold. Maybe this would be like giving land back to Native Americans, or giving land back to native South Africans and kicking out the settlers in both countries? Anyway, what is "fair"? To decendants on either side, whose only "crime" was to have been born to conflict caused by their ancestors whom they may have never met? this being said, these acts were caused made on innocent people not even living in the Middle East.

William Y (54)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 9:37 pm
Allan Yorkowitz is right, they are unrelated. Also what do Jews in Montreal have to do with Israel anyway?

Thursday January 20, 2011, 5:03 am
Gloria H – are you happy in your make-believe world? Let’s try and educate you. Persecution of Jews has a 2000 year history and peaked out in WW2 under Hitler and again post war under Stalin in Russia. This persecution is driven and excused by ideologies of the Catholic Church, certain branches of Islam and Marxist and National Socialism. It is fuelled by conspiracy theories about Zionism and that a tiny group of people “are taking over the world” with Stalin and Hitler being 2 of the world’s most infamous conspiracy theory advocates. Historically the Jews were driven from Israel to S. Europe by Islamic Arab colonialists. They lived for a few centuries in S. Europe and then under pressure from the Inquisition and ghettos, many fled to E. & N. Europe until millions were slaughtered by Mr Hitler and co in the 20th century. TheWW2 survivors were dumped by the allies in camps in Cyprus marginally better than the concentration camps. Post war UK & USA governments lacked the guts and decency to repatriate these refugees and return their property stolen from them and were happy to let them rot in Cyprus camps. The Jews took the initiative to rescind their oath of pacifism and try and make a home in the only place on earth that they had an historic claim to. Five million Jews occupying a tiny bit of the earth – so what is your solution- call in the 3rd Reich? Beware of that little old Adolf that lurks in the soul of every one of us!

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1067)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 5:42 am
Allan Y is right--except for a brief mention of a local boycott against Israel goodsd, this is simply a hate campaign of criminal nature.

Arthur Lamirande (0)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 6:03 am
Note to Bernard Cronyn: In the first century A.D., the vast majority of Jews did not live in Israel/Palestine: they lived in places like Egypt and Iraq. Alexandria was the largest Jewish-populated city in the world --- incidentally, the Jews there spoke Greek! Jerusalem was sacred to Jews --- much as the Vatican is sacred to Catholics today; but only a small minority of Jews actually lived there. Nearly half of Palestine was actually populated by the Samaritans --- a group vilified by the orthodox Jews. (Never mind that the Samaritans were rogue Jews who were even more orthodox!) The Balfour Declaration of 1917 --- which stated that a homeland for the Jewish people should be created on the territory of Palestine --- also stated, quite explicity, that the rights of the indigenous Palestinian Arabs should be protected. Clearly, that is not what occurred in the late 1940s, and has not occurred since. None of this has anything to do with Montreal: just pointing out your oversimplification.

Charmaine C (177)
Friday January 21, 2011, 8:53 am
Arthur good comment.

Dear Gloria, could I please point out to you that if all land appropriated from others were to be given back to their original inhabitants, no one would have anywhere to live. Notably everyone in America would have to leave. Mankind created the historically accepted booty rule that the land invaded and conquered, belongs to the conquerors and the inhabitants are either vanquished, murdered or assimilated. There are very few countries today that would qualify as 'original' an all ways and in some cases the original inhabitants have been annihilated completely so it would be impossible to return that land to them anyway.

It's a shame that intolerance and arrogance from some folks often spoils a good chat here on Care2.

April Thompson (2)
Friday January 21, 2011, 3:27 pm
So wrong and disturbing! Noted!

Edward M (8)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 5:26 am
What goes around comes around.
What happened in Nazi Germany and the occupied Countries should never have been used as an excuse to take over Palestine in the way that it was allowed to happen; even those who died under the Nazis wouldn't have wanted it this way.
At the end of the war, and instead of heading for Palestine, these displaced people who followed the Jewish faith should have demanded to be repatriated, regaining once more the same equal rights of citizenship, into the Countries from which they were forcibly deported, and that also includes Germany, as they should never have lost their rights in spite of the unjust introduction of the Nuremberg laws, brought into being by a Dictatorship.
It is for the Israelis to make a start and bring the Palestinians on board, with the offer of a truly peaceful resolution within Palestine/Israel allowing everyone within the Country equal rights and freedoms under a fair and just legal system, then most of the problems, currently springing up around the World, will hopefully subside and disappear.

jane richmond (10)
Friday April 29, 2011, 11:46 am
Don't tell me it can't happen here. It can and it does.
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