An incident of anti-Semitic graffiti in Ottawa is being investigated by the Ottawa Police Services hate crimes unit.
Anna Maranta, leader of the Glebe Minyan, a Jewish Renewal chavurah, said she found the word “kike” and a swastika painted on her front door when she woke up in the early hours of Tuesday morning (November 15). The incident, she said, must have occurred sometime between 11 pm on Monday and 2:45 am on Tuesday. Maranta posted a photo of the graffiti on her Facebook page which quickly went viral with thousands of shares.
Maranta’s home is also the advertised location for many of the Glebe Minyan’s programs.
The police, noted Andrea Freedman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, “responded quickly and are taking this matter very seriously.”
Freedman said the Federation and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) have protocols in place to deal with such incidents and that all prescribed procedures are being followed.
“This act of cowardice is an affront not just to the Jewish community, but to all Canadians who share our core values of respect, tolerance and kindness,” Freedman said.
Freedman said the Jewish community and the public at large must remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to police and to CIJA security officials.
Freedman also said the quick response to the incident by police and the support received from political leaders from all levels of government reassured the Jewish community that such incidents are unacceptable in our society and will not be tolerated.