Written by Marty Gold on July 28, 2022
The Jewish community of Montreal extolled the arrest of one of the suspects in an attack this past May on a community member who was leaving a pro-Israel celebration. Two young men jumped the 51 year old victim, who was carrying an Israeli flag after leaving a Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) celebration on May 5.
Video showed that two suspects grabbed the flagpole and struggled with the victim, before one of the antisemites hit him with a stick and then hit a Good Samaritan trying to save the day. The hate crimes unit was assigned to the investigation. The Federation CJA and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) put out a joint statement at the time proclaiming “antisemitic acts and acts of aggression, intimidation, and hatred are not acceptable” and that Jewish Montrealers and supporters of Israel “must be free to celebrate in peace and safety.”