A shooting at a Jewish school in Montreal early Sunday morning marks the third shooting at a Jewish school in a Canadian city in a week, according to local police, amid heightened tensions over the conflict between Israel and Gaza. Police announced that this was the second time. media.
No one was injured, but the facade of Montreal’s Yeshiva Gedora was hit. Canada’s CBC News reported that bullet impact holes and bullet casings were discovered after residents heard gunshots early Sunday morning.
Two other schools in Montreal also found bullet holes in their main gates Thursday morning, local media reported.
It’s unclear whether the incident is related to the incident at the Jewish school in the city’s west end.
But a violent altercation between sympathizers of opposing sides in the Israel-Gaza conflict broke out at Concordia University on Wednesday, resulting in injuries and arrests, according to CBC News.
Mayer Feig, a member of the Hasidic Jewish Council of Quebec, said the school shooting was aimed at intimidating the city’s Jewish residents, the news agency earlier reported.
In Toronto, police reported that in the three weeks since the first Hamas attack on Oct. 7, the number of hate crimes against Jews and Muslims increased by more than twice as much as in all of 2022.
Israel said an estimated 1,400 people were killed and more than 240 were taken hostage in an attack by the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Palestinian health authorities said more than 10,000 people were killed in subsequent Israeli shelling of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.