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  11/19/2012, Kislev 5, 5773

Montreal Elects First Jewish Mayor


Montreal has elected its first Jewish mayor in its 370-year history, Canadian Jewish News (CJN) reported.

Michael Applebaum will replace Gérald Tremblay, who resigned following incriminating testimony about his administration at the Charbonneau commission on corruption in Quebec politics.

Applebaum, who will serve as interim mayor until the November 2013 election, has spoken in support of the Jewish state at the annual downtown Yom Ha’atzmaut rallies. He has regularly attended Canadian Jewish Public Affairs Committee events, and, in 2006, refused a request by the pro-Palestinian Authority group Tadamon for a minute of silence at a borough council meeting for a Montreal family killed in Lebanon by Israeli shelling during the conflict with Hizbullah, according to CJN.