Canada / 08-02-2017
Côte Saint-Luc, QC - A parent who keeps track of attendance for a children’s swim team in Côte-St-Luc discovered on Monday that death threats and antisemitic comments had been posted on the online form. A hacker accessed the attendance sheet, which is stored on Google Docs, and posted threatening messages toward the Jewish community.
The words Hezbollah, Hamas, Fuck Israel and Khalil a tué sept Juifs (Khalil killed seven Jews) were written on lines normally reserved for the names of children on the swim team, according to the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs-Quebec. The perpetrator included a picture of fighters from Hezbollah, a Lebanese terrorist organization that’s banned in Canada. The picture included a quote attributed to Hezbollah’s leader saying: “We are going to win because they like life and we love death.”
Leaders of Montreal’s Jewish community condemned the threats and called on police to investigate. “It’s really disturbing that a web page designated for families for athletic purposes should be transformed into a vehicle for hate and threats,” said Reuben Poupko, co-chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs-Quebec. “It’s an invasion that is profoundly disturbing. We have seen an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents in Britain and the U.S. and Canada is not immune to trends found elsewhere. We are all part of the same world today.”
Poupko said he’s confident that the police’s hate crime unit will do its best to arrest the perpetrator. “Montreal police have a good record of taking crimes of this nature seriously,” he said.