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April 26, 2015 / 7 Iyar, 5775
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Montreal Hate Crime Probe Starts With Death Threats and Bullets

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Montreal police have launched a probe into what they are calling a hate crime after residents of an apartment house found their cars damaged and death threats in envelopes with a bullet for each. The ethnicity and religion of the owners of the targeted vehicles was not released.

The incident, which occurred in the parking garage beneath an apartment building on Côte St. Luc Road, was clearly directed at the Jewish community, however — the neighborhood in which the incident took place is known as a “Jewish area.” The vandalism was discovered late Monday night when the smoke alarm in the garage suddenly activated.

Four of the vehicles were branded with swastikas, albeit painted backwards, sprayed in red paint on the hoods. Five of the cars “had envelopes on them, and on the white envelopes there were swastikas on them,” said a resident in the building who requested anonymity. CBC News agreed not to reveal his family name. “The swastikas were huge. They covered pretty much the majority of the hood,” he said. His neighbor’s car had a smashed windshield. On the ground in front of the car lay a hatchet.

“I’ve lived in Montreal my whole life… I’ve never seen this before first-hand, never been a victim of it and just to have it happen literally in your own home, it just left me speechless,” he told CBC Radio One.

One of the envelopes contained a bullet together with a threatening note, another resident told CBC News. Police collected the rest of the envelopes as evidence, before they were opened. “I’m just shocked. This is a hate crime and you never expect it to happen in your community,” the resident said.

“While the intent of the perpetrator cannot be absolutely determined at this time, given what is happening globally, the fact that swastikas are involved, that there were threatening notes and this is a Jewish area, leads one to understand that this was not just an act of simple vandalism but a crime targeting the Jewish community,” said Rabbi Reuben Poupko, chairman of the security committee of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).

Although police have not released all the details, Poupko told the Canadian Jewish News on Tuesday the notes were attached to all of the damaged vehicles. “They said something to the effect that ‘this bullet is for you,’ “ he told the paper.

The garage has no security surveillance cameras and there are no suspects, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call 514-393-1133.

Jewish Cemetery in Argentina Vandalized

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

At least a dozen headstones were desecrated and upended at a Jewish cemetery in Santiago del Estero, an Argentine city of nearly 250,000 and located about 620 miles northeast of Buenos Aires.

The attack, which is believed to have occurred over the weekend, was discovered on Monday by a cemetery worker.

“Photos were scattered and monuments were damaged in an unprecedented level of violence in our Jewish cemetery,” Hernan Kriscautzky, the Santiago del Estero representative to the Argentine Jewish political umbrella DAIA, told JTA.

Photos of the dead are placed on tombs to help visitors identify the gravesites.

There was no anti-Semitic graffiti or other messages found at the cemetery, which is still active.

Police are investigating the incident.

The neighborhood cemetery next to the Jewish cemetery was not vandalized, though it has been robbed of metals previously, the local newspaper El Liberal reported.

Neo-Nazi Vandalism in Sderot

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Israel Police have arrested three teens in connection with anti-Semitic vandalism involving destruction of property in the southern Israeli city of Sderot.

The gang painted green swastikas and slathered dripping red Satanic symbols on cars in the city, where residents have already been traumatized by years of incessant rocket fire from Gaza.

Police officials said in a post on the Twitter social networking site Monday morning the three suspects confessed to their connection with the attacks under questioning during the investigation.

No information was released about the identity of the suspects.

NYPD Cop Arrested for Anti-Semitic Grafitti in Boro Park

Monday, May 5th, 2014

A former New York City police officer allegedly suffering from “mental illness” was arrested over the weekend for spray painting anti-Semitic graffiti in numerous locations throughout Brooklyn’s Chassidic neighborhood of Boro Park.

Michael Setiawan left the force in 2007 after two years of service, allegedly due to depression, according to a police source quoted by the New York Daily News. His younger brother, also a police officer, later committed suicide (in 2011), police added. Neighbors living near the family home told the newspaper that Setiawan “has got problems” but said “he’s a good guy.”

Currently age 36, the suspect is accused of having spray-painted 15 cars, three buildings, and a girls’ school with hate-filled words and epithets aimed at Jews.

The words “F — you Jew” and “Jew cheap s—-“ were sprayed on to the walls of the Bnos Zion Bobov School on 14th Avenue. Those phrases along with other words and swastikas were also sprayed elsewhere in the neighborhood.

The vandalism created havoc in Boro Park. Residents were terrorized; many are elderly Holocaust survivors with memories of how their nightmares in eastern Europe started — those nightmares began with similar epithets and words scrawled by the Nazis on the buildings around their homes decades ago.

Surveillance cameras caught sight of a bald man wielding a spray paint can on Saturday night in the graffiti attack who appeared to be Setiawan, according to a report published by the newspaper. He was arrested Sunday after detectives reviewed the footage and checked the registration of the car seen in the tape, a source said.

The former police officer was charged with 19 counts each of criminal mischief as a hate crime, and aggravated harassment as a hate crime in connection with the vandalism.

Local Jewish community leaders expressed shock that the perpetrator was a former police officer, but praised detectives for the quick arrest.

Vandals Attack Christian Village near Safed

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Israeli vandals slashed the tires of 40 cars and trucks and sprayed a hate message was sprayed on a wall in a Christian village near Safed (Tzfat) late Wednesday night or Thursday morning, the second attack apparently aimed at Christians in one week.

The message sprayed on a wall of the Jish village read “Only goyim (non-Jews) should be evacuated from our land.”

Residents of the village, home to about 3,000 people, are predominantly Maronite-Christian but approximately one-third are Muslim

Safed Police Chief Superintendent Yoram Azulay told Ynet “We are dealing with outlaws, and will do everything to bring them to justice. This is an exceptional and serious event.”

Israel media called attack a “price tag” incident, referring to extremists who previously have vandalized Arab and Christian property in retaliation for the government actions against Jews in Judea and Samaria or Palestinian Authority Arab attacks on Jews.

However, the phenomenon seemingly has spread without any relation to specific government actions.

Police have failed to bring any meaningful indictments against the attackers despite dozens of attacks over the past two years.

Florida Chabad Vandalized after Expansion Plan Announcement

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The Chabad Jewish Center in Boca Raton, Fla., was vandalized a day after an article in a local newspaper announced the center’s expansion plans.

A cement marker with a sign indicating the rabbi’s parking space was torn from its place and thrown through a glass door of the Jewish center sometime Monday night, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Boca Raton police are investigating the incident, which was discovered Tuesday morning, as an act of vandalism and not a hate crime even though surrounding buildings were not subject to such vandalism, however, according to the local CBS affiliate.

“To come to a synagogue and find it having been vandalized, and littered with shattered glass, broken concrete and debris, sends painful shudders down the spine of any Jew,” Chabad Rabbi Ruvi New told the Sun Sentinel. “One can only speculate who the perpetrators were and what their motives may have been.”

Shas Blames ‘Incitement’ for Vandalism of Haredi School

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Hate graffiti and swastikas painted on a Haredi Orthodox school in Be’er Sheva is the result of “incitement against the Haredi Orthodox,” the Shas Party said Wednesday after the vandalism at the entrance to the school was discovered.

“The public atmosphere against the haredi public and Torah students has gotten out of control and actually encourages harassment of the haredi Orthodox public,” Shas party leader Aryeh Deri wrote on his Facebook page.

The Haredi community has been under fire over the drafting of yeshiva students into the army. A Knesset committee is working to prepare a universal draft law for its second and third reading in the full parliament that would drastically reduce the number of deferments for yeshiva students.

However, Be’er Sheva synagogues and schools, including those that are not Haredi, have frequently been the targets of anti-Semites. Several thousand non-Jews of Russian origin live in the city.

JTA contributed to this report.

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