Synagogue in south Ottawa holds solidarity event in wake of racist graffiti
Police in Ottawa are investigating 5 hate crimes involving racist and anti-Semitic graffiti
The Machzikei Hadas Synagogue in south Ottawa is hosting a solidarity event on Saturday morning in the wake of a handful of racist incidents in the city.
A mosque and a church where the pastor is black were spray-painted with racist graffiti this week following three instances of anti-Semitic graffiti in various locations throughout Ottawa. Mosque officials told CBC News they have handed surveillance video of the vandalism, done at 2:09 a.m. on Friday, over to police.
- Racist graffiti spray-painted on Parkdale United Church, Ottawa Muslim Association
- Anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on Machzikei Hadas Synagogue
Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Ontario's Attorney General Yasir Naqvi will be on hand at the event, along with the city's police chief and several religious figures.
All MPPs at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QueensPark?src=hash">#QueensPark</a> stood together to condemn acts of hate and intolerance in our community. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NotMyOttawa?src=hash">#NotMyOttawa</a> <a href="https://t.co/1PCTYI2cG2">https://t.co/1PCTYI2cG2</a>—@Yasir_Naqvi
Video evidence sought
The Ottawa police hate crimes unit is investigating the racist acts and looking into whether they are linked.
"It's certainly a possibility, at least with the first three. That's one of the working theories," said Insp. Mike Laviolette. "There's similar fact evidence."
Laviolette said police are also examining video footage they obtained to help identify the culprits. "It's rare today that you can go anywhere in this city that you're not on camera somewhere," he said.
"Whether it's a commercial business that has video surveillance or a place of worship in and around their buildings or traffic cameras … we have a lot of resources at our disposal and we're certainly maximizing that in order to help us move the investigation along."
Saturday morning's event at Machzikei Hadas Synagogue at 2310 Virginia Dr. will start at 11 a.m. ET.