Local media reports that a Jewish school in Montreal was shot at, making it the third incident in less than a week in the Canadian city. This comes as tensions rise due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
According to CBC News in Canada, the Yeshiva Gedola of Montreal was hit on Sunday morning without causing any injuries. After hearing gunshots, locals discovered bullet holes and shells on the building’s facade.
On Thursday, authorities stated that they were looking into the shootings that occurred overnight at two Jewish schools in the Côte-des-Neiges area. The schools’ staff had reported discovering bullet holes in the front doors.
It was uncertain whether the occurrences at Jewish schools in the west end of the city were connected.
On Wednesday, a physical dispute occurred at Concordia University in Montreal, involving individuals supporting conflicting sides of the Gaza conflict. This incident led to injuries and the arrest of one person.
University administrators expressed their concern about an increase in incidents of intimidation and intolerance, which have caused fear among students.
The violence has been condemned by Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada.
On Thursday, Trudeau expressed that while emotions may be running high and fear may be present, resorting to attacking one another goes against the values of Canadians.
“I firmly believe that Canada could be the starting point for developing the necessary understandings that will lead to achieving peaceful resolution in the Middle East.”
The conflict between Israel and Gaza has caused a deep division in Canada, as more and more individuals are advocating for a cessation of hostilities.
The police in Toronto reported that hate crimes against Jews and Muslims increased by over two times in the three weeks following the initial Hamas attack on October 7th. This number was more than the total for the entire year of 2022.