April 05, 2004
Details, please

Canadian officials and some media outlets seem reluctant to say what they know about the arson attack on a Jewish school in Montreal today. CBC :

At the front door police found a note referring to the Middle East, but they won't give any more details.
Toronto Star:
Montreal police spokesman Yves Surprenant said the notes were signed by an unknown organization but didn't provide details about their contents.

"What was written on the notes really told us it was a hate crime," he added.

The CBC and the Toronto Star might not want to confront the unpleasant truth about the motives and identities of the arsonists, but at least some Canadian journalists are doing their jobs:
The TVA network quoted sources who said the notes denounced recent attacks against Palestinians, including the killing of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, leader of the Islamic Hamas movement, and threatened further attacks.
The contents of the note and the name of the "unknown organization" that signed the note should be released.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at April 05, 2004 06:11 PM
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As a Montrealer and a former student of the school in question (well, the attached high school, technically... though a bunch of my friends and family members attended the grade school), I'm shocked and horrified by this outrageous act.

But if the police are withholding some details because they don't want to mess up their investigation, then so be it. I'd rather they have a better chance at catching these assholes who seem to think that throwing a molotov cocktail through the window of an elementary school is somehow entertaining.

Posted by: segacs on April 5, 2004 09:39 PM

Of course the Jews of Toronto are guilty of killing Yassin.

I wonder if Muslims will protest this hate crime.

Posted by: Jed on April 7, 2004 05:01 PM

We kill one Hitler and the world is in uproar they kill six millions and is jewish propaganda.
Thank God

Posted by: Jaime Raskasnky on April 7, 2004 06:27 PM

The Canadian police are doing the right thing by withholding the identity of the assholes who attacked the school. After all, what they want more than anything is publicity. Why give them what they want? It's better to frustrate them. Enough info was released to make it clear what category of tribal hate crime this was. More is not needed.

Posted by: punter on April 7, 2004 07:04 PM

Keeping quiet during the Nazi years was also a mistake! How about arrests,trials and convictions?

Posted by: Gerald Dashkin on April 7, 2004 09:25 PM

Where next?
When are the authorities going to bite the bullet and face the painfull truth that WW3 was declared on the civilized world way before the terror attacks of September 11th?
This declaration of global war was not made by an aggresive nation but by a despotic group of international terrorists who's sole aim is the destruction by whatever means of the western civilisation.
Just as in WW2 the Vichy government of France was rightly blamed for it's tacit support for Hitler's facists, its also time that the powers that be make it clear that "moderate Islam" does itself no favours by not coming out strongly and vociferously against the cancerous influence of Islamic Jihadists.
The civilised world can and must win this war and just as in the last one a united front even by nations with different cultures and ideals but a common enemy is the way to win it!

Posted by: David Tachauer on April 8, 2004 02:22 AM

Withholding the names of the arsonists of the Jewish library is indefensible. Withholding the contents of their letter is even more so. Don't the Canadian police understand that by granting anonimity to the terrorists, not only do they sanction this dispicable behavior, they actually encourage it. Where there is no consequence to breaking the law anarchy thrives.
Today the Muslims attack a Jewish library and get away with it. Tomorrow they kill Jewish children. If they see Canada supporting Israel on any level the terrorists will attack secular targets all over Canada.
If terrorists can do it to Jews with impunity, they will stop at nothing to achieve their fanatical goal. By mounting a campaign of terrorism against all western nations, they hope to instill sufficient fear to cause us to say: You can have the Jews! Just leave us and our children alone!
And then, all that will be left of civilized society will be death and destruction. New York . . Washington . . Madrid . . France . . Do you get the picture?

Posted by: Alan B. Katz on April 8, 2004 07:51 AM

For godssakes, it's not a political decision, it's a tactical one! They need to be able to conduct their investigation! The police have to withhold details from the media of all crimes, so that if people call claiming to have tips, they can know whether they're authentic or hoaxes.

Posted by: segacs on April 8, 2004 10:40 PM

there is no future for jews outside of israel. Why pay taxes, and support a country that doesnt support you. why not go move to israel and fight there. at least in israel you will be fighting for something that may benefit you.

Posted by: Daniel H on April 25, 2004 09:21 PM
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