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A Jewish school targeted by shots a second time

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The Jewish school Yeshiva Gedola had already been the subject of attacks of fire three days ago.


The Yeshiva Gedola school, located in Montreal in the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, has once again been targeted by projectile fire this morning. The school management is calling for more security.

Gunshots were heard around 5 a.m. Sunday morning on Deacon Road. Several citizens alerted the police, who went to the scene without delay.

Once there, they saw at least one bullet impact on the facade and they found shell casings on the ground. An investigation is underway. No one was injured and no one was in the building when the shooting occurred.

No one has been arrested for the moment, the shooter having fled.

Such a repetition demonstrates the seriousness of the situation, declared former municipal councilor Lionel Perez, who met the media on behalf of the management of the establishment.

The one who was a member of the school's board of directors for ten years described these gestures as attacks terrorists.

He asks for a more assiduous presence from the Montreal City Police Service (SPVM) so that the school is protected, as are all schools and Jewish institutions.

Lionel Perez says the community is “dismayed” and “concerned” by the latest events, but will not let ” terrorize.”

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The window of the door of the main entrance of the Jewish school Yeshiva Gedola-Merkaz Hatorah was shattered by a firearm projectile.

The establishment, which usually accommodates 400 students, is one of two schools already targeted by gunfire three days ago. He does not plan to close his doors, except today, but security will be reinforced.

They want to instill fear in our community, said Mayer Feig, a leader of the Hasidic Jewish community.

This kind of gesture has no place in Quebec, Canada or Montreal, it does not represent who we are. There is a conflict thousands of kilometers away, don't bring it here.

A quote from Mayer Feig, Hatzalah Emergency medical services, Outremont sector

Guests on RDI on the set of the show First the info,Jewish and Muslim representatives called for calm. Despite the concern, we still have confidence in the Montreal and Canadian police system and we hope that things will calm down very soon, said Jocob Levy, rabbi in Montreal.

According to Imam Hassan Guillet, an attack on a school, whatever its confession, is unacceptable and condemnable.

He affirms that the two communities must dialogue and work together to send a signal to those who are there, who are waging war, that it is possible to be able to live together, like here in Quebec and in Canada. p>Open in full screen mode

Imam Hassan Guillet (left) and Rabbi Jacob Levy (right) on set with host and journalist Geneviève Garon.

We are deeply disturbed by this repeated act of hatred, declared the general director of B'nai Brith Canada, Michael Mostyn. We certainly hope that the Montreal police can get to the bottom of this and ensure the safety of the Jewish community, he continued.

In a press release, the Canadian Muslim Forum strongly condemned the attack while urging speakers to avoid the political exploitation of hate crimes .

To reassure the population, SPVM patrols were released from emergency calls, indicated Alain Vaillancourt, the elected official responsible for public security within the City's executive committee.

Their sole task is to patrol around identified locations, schools, synagogues, mosques, etc. to ensure a continuous presence 24 hours a day.

A quote from Alain Vaillancourt, responsible for public security within the executive committee

The Montreal's Jewish community is on alert at the moment.

Earlier this week, Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue and a Jewish community center in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, on the island of Montreal, and scuffles took place between students at Concordia University over the war in the Middle East.

According to statistics from the Police Department of the City of Montreal, since the start of the war, there has been a month, 73 hateful acts against the Jewish community and 25 against the Muslim community were recorded on the island of Montreal. This matches what was recorded in eight months in 2022.

The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante reacted on X (formerly Twitter) in the morning.

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Ms. Plante then went to the targeted school to once again call on the population to calm down and ask for peace and quiet. urging us “not to give in to hatred.” She called the shooter's action anti-Semitic, rather than terrorist.

Here, in Montreal, we are a city of peace. We can have different opinions […], but nothing justifies shooting at a school. Using hatred is no.

A quote from Valérie Plante, mayor of Montreal

The mayor of the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough, Gracia Kasoki Katahwa, considered it absolutely unacceptable in 2023 that Montrealers cannot feel safe.

Earlier this week, Mayor Plante as well as Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau and François Legault launched similar calls, inviting the population to practice live together.

A call that the Quebec Prime Minister relaunched on Sunday after this new event. Every effort will be made to find and punish the culprits. The Quebec nation is a peaceful nation. Let's not import the hatred and violence that we see elsewhere in the world, declared Mr. Legault.

The Quebec minister responsible for the Fight to racism, Christopher Skeete, assured members of the Jewish community of our government's support in these difficult times.

For the leader of the official opposition in Ottawa, Pierre Poilièvre, concrete measures must be taken immediately to protect Canada's Jewish community from heinous acts of anti-Semitic violence and intimidation.

With information from Jacob Côté and Gabrielle Proulx

With information from The Canadian Press

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116