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Following B'nai Brith Canada’s intervention, the Vancouver Police Department on Wednesday arrested a woman who has publicly promoted listed terrorist organizations and celebrated Hamas' October 7 terror attacks on Israel.

The woman, Charlotte Kates, was arrested in connection with a speech she gave this past Friday at the Vancouver Art Gallery in which she glorified the October 7 massacre.

B’nai Brith Canada said in a statement on Wednesday that Kates has been released and authorities are conducting a criminal investigation to determine whether the comments made on Friday violated Canadian hate crime laws.

"We are relieved that, after many efforts to expose Charlotte Kates' hate by B'nai Brith over a considerable amount of time, an arrest was finally made," said Richard Robertson, B'nai Brith Canada's Director of Research and Advocacy. "We encourage the authorities to treat this as a hate crime."

"We have received many complaints over public comments made by Charlotte Kates," said Aron Csaplaros, British Columbia Regional Manager for B'nai Brith Canada. "The Jewish community has been upset by what seems to be hate speech by Kates for much too long."

In a statement on Wednesday quoted by The National Post, the Vancouver Police Department said Kates had been arrested as a part of “a criminal investigation to determine whether comments made during a protest last weekend violated hate-crime laws.”

Police said they began their investigation after an April 26 video circulated showing “a woman on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery” delivering praise for the Hamas-led terror attacks of October 7.

“The speaker praised the October 7 Hamas attacks on Israel and referred to a number of terrorist organizations as heroes,” the police said in a statement.

Charges have yet to be laid. In British Columbia, police can make arrests if they believe a crime has been committed. Evidence will then be given to the Crown, which will make a decision about to approve charges, Vancouver police spokesperson Const. Tania Visintin said in an email.

Kates’ comments were denounced by British Columbia Premier David Eby, who said they were the “most hateful” comments he could imagine.

“Celebrating the murder, the rape of innocent people attending a music festival, it’s awful,” Eby said Monday, as quoted by The National Post. “It’s reprehensible, and it shouldn’t take place in British Columbia. There is clearly an element of some individuals using an international tragedy to promote hate that’s completely unacceptable.”

Kates is the co-founder of the Samidoun group, along with her husband Khaled Barakat, whom the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) has maintained is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Kates and Barakat last year took part in an Al-Quds Day rally in Toronto. Such rallies, which are held around the world, are regularly used to incite against Israelis and Jews.

B’nai Brith Canada has previously called on the Canadian government to expel the PFLP from Canada, including Barakat.