Anti-Semitism Dismissed as Motive Despite Three Consecutive Firebombings of Jewish Targets in Montreal

June 9, 2013 2:39 pm 15 comments

A kosher restaurant in Montreal was the target of an arsonist only days after a cafe in the area, also Jewish-owned, was on the receiving end of a similar attack.

A Molotov cocktail was tossed into Chops restaurant during opening hours, sometime before one in the morning Sunday. Nobody was injured and the sprinkler system was able to control the fire. A similar incident occurred at the restaurant in October.

Early Friday morning the Cafe Shalom, which is located in the same neighborhood as Chops, was also hit with a Molotov cocktail. The store was closed at the time and the sprinkler system was able to smother the flames.

Chops owner Ouri Ohayon dismissed the idea that the arson attacks were anti-Semitic.

“There are so many kosher restaurants in the area and this has never been an issue,” he told told The Algemeiner.

He said that grills had been placed on the front windows after the first incident and that there were plans to place a security guard on the premises. The restaurant was planning to be open Sunday night.

A Montreal police spokesperson also told The Algemeiner that it didn’t appear the arson attacks were spurred by any religious or ethnic hatred.

“It appears this is a matter of competition between business places right now more than based on any ethnic or religious reasons right now,” the spokesperson said.

A home in Montreal was also firebombed early Saturday morning. The Bill613 blog reported that a source said the home had a mezuzah. Montreal police could neither confirm this nor if there was any anti-Semitic motive behind the incident.


15 Comments

  • Dear naive Montrealeans:

    Have we also forgotten that Montreal is a Roman-Catholic city? Duh.Muslims do not love Jews and Catholics don’t love them either.By the way,all crimes that are like this are hate crimes.All crimes are hate crimes.Has the PC police also taken over your city.

    In Berkeley,California

  • A rose is a rose. It’s obviously anti-semitism.

  • Initially I thought this was a hate crime and it could finally be one but it is quite odd for the same restaurant… Chops… to be firebombed twice when there are so many other Jewish owned restaurants and stores on that street. In reference to the home with the Mezuzah being firebombed please be aware that 99.9% of the homes in that part of the city have mezuzahs including mine. Jokingly sometimes the municipality is called Cote St. Jew instead of its real name Cote St. Luc. The other joke is there are so many synagogues in the area that if someone sneezes in one synagogue all the others say gezuntheit.

  • As an x Montrealer I can confirm that this is a Muslim doing, if you go to Montreal today you better speak Arabic because the majority of immigrants in the last 20 years are from the Maghreb French speaking this is the criteria of immigrating to Canada Muslim ,Jew hater and Palestinian lover.

  • Thank God for Jewish humor. The remarks of Algemeiner’s readers make for even better copy than the news items themselves.

  • GUESS WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is an anti semetic attack not to difficult to work out.

  • Here’s the deal – until western leaders are as afraid of Jews as they are of Muslims and variant anti-semitic inciters, this type of whitewash will continue apace. On the other hand, there are remedies, if so desired – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/03/an-authentic-jewish-response-to-an-anti-semitic-skit-at-the-oscars-what-lessons-can-be-learned-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

    To wit, think outside the box….

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Fredric M. London

    That is true. After all, we all know that when someone yells, “Allah akhbar,” they are involved in a workplace incident.

  • Aron Friedman

    Police strategy to flush out perp?

  • Wolff Bachner

    its never Jew hate. They police will never acknowledge an attack on Jews as Jew hate, but look at a Muslim cross eyed and its called a wave of Islamophobia.

  • If it waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, jeez! I wonder what it might be!?

  • John Galt, Jr

    It certainly must be militant Buddhists or fanatic Quakers responsible. Maybe space aliens.

  • The Montreal police department has financed a multi million dollar dollar study to determine if water is wet.

  • without a conviction or even a suspect, it’s strange that the police are ruling anything out. unless they have some reason to want it to not be anti-semitic.

    but firebombs are dangerous, so they should catch the perpetrators before someone is hurt.

    • equally strange that this has had no play on CBC Radio in Ontario. Heaven only nows what “Ici” has reported.

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