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Wave of Anti-semitic Vandalism Reported in Montreal

An official of the League for Human Rights of B’nai B’rith reported Thursday that 110 Jewish tombstones were overturned during the night of June 17 at the Savannah Cemetery in Montreal and that 22 tombstones were overturned the same night in the Jewish section of the Mount Royal cemetery in Montreal. The official, Arthur Hiess, director of the League, also reported that on Wednesday morning, buildings of seven Jewish firms were daubed with “Front for the Liberation of Quebec” signs. The Front, an extremist organization, has been involved in several anti-Semitic daubings.

Hiess reported that the Beth Zion Synagogue in the Cote St. Luc section of Montreal was sprayed with swastikas and “Kill the Jews” was lettered on its doors.

Hiess told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that “since 1982, we have recorded and reported all acts across Canada of an anti-Semitic character but there are new signs of anti-Semitism which are worrying our League.” He said “these acts of racism and attacks on our religion” must be stopped.

He said police are investigating the acts of vandalism and have reported they had “good leads” to the discovery of the culprits.

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