Daily Israel Report

B'nai Brith Canada Slams Anti-Israel Graffiti in Ottawa

A Canadian Jewish group slams anti-Israeli vandals who spray-painted pro-Palestinian Authority messages in front of the Israeli embassy in Ottawa.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 5/29/2011, 11:36 AM / Last Update: 5/29/2011, 11:42 AM

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A Canadian Jewish organization has slammed anti-Israeli vandals who spray-painted pro-Palestinian Authority messages in front of the Israeli embassy in Ottawa.

B'nai Brith Canada said in a statement issued within hours of the incident, “Anti-Israel hate-mongering in Ottawa shows [the] true colours of those who refuse to accept [the] Jewish State.”

Last Tuesday, vandals spray-painted two messages on to the building in big black capital letters. The incident took place the same day Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the U.S. Congress that Israel wants peace but requires basic conditions met in order for that to happen.

The two messages, “Israel War Crimes,” and “Embasy (sic) of War Crimes” were painted on the sidewalk outside the Sun Life Centre in downtown Ottawa.

Within a day the graffiti was washed away.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who are entrusted with protecting the building, did not comment on the incident – nor did the embassy.

B'nai Brith Canada, on the other hand, immediately issued a statement in response to the vandalism, calling it a “prime example of the type of demonization of the Jewish State that is becoming commonplace.”

Frank Dimant, CEO of the organization, pointed out, “Demonization of Israel is often the response we see to news that renewed peace negotiations could be in the works.

“Coming just a day after Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit to Washington D.C. where he spoke of peace, it is clear once again that however many concessions Israel may be prepared to make, there are those who are clearly not interested in dialogue, but only in public displays of hateful rhetoric,” he added.

The incident is under investigation.