Officials with a Jewish cemetery in Kitchener, Ont., are trying to determine whether 12 headstones were knocked over this weekend as an act of vandalism, or a hate crime.
A dozen headstones were toppled sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning at the Beth Jacob Cemetery, as Jews prepared to mark the high holidays of Passover.
Trying to determine if it’s a hate crime??? Is that like trying to determine if rain is wet? A friggin’ cemetery was attacked – what do you call that, a hockey game?
The pattern is disturbing. The Ottawa Citizen had an editorial last week that was right on-point:
Still, the firebombing in Montreal represents a new level of depravity. The attack, though, is in one sense instructive: It demonstrates the nexus of anti-Zionism (hatred of Israel, the Jewish state) and anti-Semitism (hatred of Jews). Only a mind clouded with hate could think that burning a children’s school in Canada is a legitimate way to protest Israeli government policies.
Antisemitism is on the rise because of so-called “anti-Zionism”. The two are one and the same. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is one thing, but there’s no excuse for the firebombing of schools, vandalizing of property, or the threatening of Jewish MPs. And it’s exactly why the de-legitimatizing of the Jewish state is a direct attack on the notion of Jewish nationalism, or the Jewish people in general. Call it anti-Zionism or call it antisemitism, it’s just plain disgusting.