Firebombing of Jewish School Condemned by PM and Bishops

April 7, 2004

Source: Western Catholic Reporter

On April 7, 2004 the Western Catholic Reporter reported, "The Quebec bishops joined Prime Minister Paul Martin and others who condemned the firebombing of a Jewish elementary school on the eve of Passover. The early-morning fire April 5 damaged books and computers in the library of the United Talmud Torah school in the Montreal suburb of St. Laurent. Anti-Semitic messages were taped to the building. No one was injured. The Montreal fire bombing follows a spate of anti-Semitic incidents in Toronto in recent weeks...Prime Minister Martin called the firebombing an attack on freedom. 'The attack against a place of learning, where young children gather is an offence against all that Canadians cherish,' he said in a written statement. The PM also said the assault was not directed against the Jewish community of Montreal but was an act of violence 'directed at all Canadians and one to which we must collectively respond.'"