Montreal synagogue vandalism one of the worst incidents in Canada, says Bnai Brith – Globalnews.ca

Posted By on June 4, 2020

The break-in at a small Montreal synagogue is being called an outrageous display of anti-Semitism and one of the worst incidents in Canada in recent years by Bnai Brith Canada, a Jewish rights advocacy group.

Torah scrolls were found on the floor and other religious items were stuffed in the toilets at the Congregation Sepharde Kol Yehudaa in Cte Saint-Luc, according to Bnai Briths CEO, Michael Mostyn.

Torah scrolls are considered extremely sacred in Judaism, to the extent that damaged scrolls are typically buried in a cemetery, rather than being disposed of in any other manner, the organization.

To desecrate the most sacred object we have in the Jewish faith is outrageous, Mostyn told Global News.

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It is quite rare we receive a report as disturbing as this.

It is not clear when the incident happened. The synagogue had been closed because of the pandemic but according to the organization, a congregant had gone into the place of worship to collect some items ahead of the Jewish holiday Shavuot, which marks the time that the Jews were given the Torah on Mount Sinai.

Its doubly disturbing for the community, Mostyn said.

Mostyn said the incident has been reported to Montreal Police. Police wouldnt confirm or deny the report to Global News but a police car could be seen at the synagogue on Thursday afternoon.

We hope its treated as a hate crime, Mostyn said.

Bnai Brith says its seen a rise in anti-Semitism during the novel coronavirus pandemic as some conspiracy theories tie the Jewish community to the outbreak.

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Were not connecting this in any way to what happened in the synagogue because its up to the police to determine, Mostyn said. We do know there are elevated levels of anti-Semitism and it needs to be taken seriously.

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