OTTAWA — The Ottawa police hate crimes unit is investigating after anti-Semitic graffiti was found in a campus washroom at Carleton University.You see how we prioritize things here in Canada? A hate crime involving Janjaweed-type silverwear--ho hum, one line tacked onto the end of an article about a Really Scary Hate Crime: grafitti in the loo.
The university's campus safety department called police early last month after the graffiti was discovered. Messages such as "Nuke Israel" and a swastika were inscribed in a men's bathroom stall.
University officials treated the vandalism as a hate crime and turned the matter over to Ottawa police. Police have no suspects in the incident and says this type of crime is difficult to solve unless there is a witness.
The graffiti was discovered during this year's instalment of Israeli Apartheid Week, but police noted a graffiti saying "White Power" suggested the perpetrators' view could fall into the realm of neo-Nazi rather than those typically associated with the pro-Palestinian movement.
The police investigation comes after two Carleton students said they escaped an anti-Semitic attack outside a Gatineau bar.
And call me crazy, but it seems to me that the Ottawa Keystone Konstabulary is awfully quick to dismiss Muslims as being the perpetrators. Would "White Power" guys really be inclined to use the phrase "Nuke Israel" or does that sound more like, oh, I dunno, stab in the dark here, a Shia kind of expression?
Update: The Ceej takes note.