Antisemitic Hate Crime Suspect in Montreal Ordered to Stay Away From Jewish Institutions
A Montreal man facing hate crimes charges has been ordered to stay away from Jewish institutions as a condition of his bail.
The Canadian Press reported that Robert Gosselin, 55, has been charged with two counts of issuing violent threats and one count of inciting hatred over messages he is suspected of having posted on the Facebook page of Le Journal de Montreal newspaper.
One of the messages contained a threat to “eliminate Jews by killing an entire school of Jewish girls.”
Gosselin has been released on bail, causing great worry among Montreal’s Jewish community of around 100,000 people.
Additional conditions were added on Monday that prohibit Gosselin from approaching Jewish schools and synagogues.
David Ouellette, director of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, was quoted as saying of the news, “There was a lot of concern within the community that these conditions had not been imposed from the beginning.”
“It is something that the Centre for Jewish Affairs, through its legal council, had conveyed to the prosecutor,” he added. “Therefore we’re very satisfied that these new conditions have been imposed.”
The threats in question were made only days before last October’s massacre of 11 Jewish worshipers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.