Montreal Jewish institutions shot at, firebombed in apparently terrorist attacks

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Montreal Jewish school shot at for second time Photo: screenshot YouTube CBC News The National

On November 9, 2023, CBC reported:

Montreal police are investigating after shots were fired at two Jewish schools. Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) spokesperson, Jean-Pierre Brabant, said police received two 911 calls, one at around 8:20 a.m., and the second just before 8:50 a.m. In both cases, the callers reported the schools’ front doors had been struck by bullets, but police cannot yet confirm if there is a link between the incidents, he said. It is not clear when the shots were fired. One of the schools, Talmud Torah Elementary School, is located on Saint-Kevin Avenue in the city’s Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood. At least one bullet casing was found at the scene, according to Brabant. The other, Yeshiva Gedola of Montreal, is located on Deacon Road, also in Côte-des-Neiges. Brabant said both schools were empty at the time of the shooting and nobody was injured.

On November 12, 2023, Global News reported:

A Jewish school in Montreal was once again the target of gunfire early morning Sunday in what authorities say is the latest in a string of hateful acts targeting the community this week. Police say 911 calls were made around 5 a.m. for gunshots heard near Yeshiva Gedola school in the city’s Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood. Officers say they found bullet holes in the building and casings on the ground on Deacon Road near the Van Horne Avenue intersection. Witnesses told officers a vehicle was seen leaving the scene after shots were heard.

On November 7, 2023, Global News reported:

The two firebombings in the night between Monday and Tuesday caused minor damage to the front door of the Congregation Beth Tikvah synagogue and the back door of the nearby Federation CJA office in the Montreal suburb of Dollard-des-Ormeaux. No one was injured since the two buildings were empty at the time of the incidents, [Yair] Szlak [president and CEO of Montreal Jewish organization Federation CJA] said. The firebombings are under investigation by the Montreal police department. Police spokesperson Sabrina Gauthier said Tuesday morning that investigators had not yet determined a motive for the apparent attacks, but they come amid rising tensions linked to the Israel-Hamas conflict, which was sparked by an Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel that killed about 1,400 people, mostly civilians. The Palestinian death toll from retaliatory Israeli strikes had surpassed 10,000, the Health Ministry of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip said Monday.