Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Spray-Painted Swastika Shocks Ottawa Rabbi, Sparks Denunciation in Parliament

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Spray-Painted Swastika Shocks Ottawa Rabbi, Sparks Denunciation in Parliament

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Spray-painted swastika, slur shock rabbi

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OTTAWA - An Ottawa rabbi says she was shocked to find a red swastika and anti-Semitic slur spray-painted on her front door in the dead of night.

The attack, which took place very late Monday or in the wee hours of Tuesday, clearly shook Anna Maranta, who runs a Jewish faith centre from her home.

"It's not something I expected," she said Tuesday. "I've never had any incidents even remotely close to this."

Maranta reported the graffiti to the Ottawa police hate crimes unit, which sent an officer to investigate.

B'nai Brith Canada says a swastika was also discovered Monday on the wall of Hof Kelsten, a well-known Jewish bakery in Montreal.

The group notes the attacks in Canada follow a number of similar incidents across the United States, as well England, where vans used by a Jewish school were recently defaced by swastikas. …

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