Vandalism of Montreal synagogues prompt police investigation

| January 18, 2011

Police have opened an investigation after five synagogues and a Jewish school in Montreal were targeted by vandals within a few hours, sparking concern as well as condemnation from public figures.

The institutions, all limited to west-end residential neighborhoods with large Jewish communities, had windows broken overnight between Saturday and Sunday. Damage was minor.

Jewish institutions in Montreal, including schools and places of worship, ramped up security after a firebomb destroyed an elementary-school library in 2004. In the wake of the weekend attacks, Jewish community leaders are urging greater vigilance.

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