MONTREAL, June 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs appreciates the urgent attention given by Projet Montreal leader and Jeanne Mance district City Councillor Richard Bergeron to the anti-Semitic graffiti on a sidewalk in Montreal.
On June 14th, the word "Israhell" and swastikas were spray-painted in front of the Naot shoe store located on Saint-Denis Street in Montreal.
As soon as the Centre was informed, it contacted Mr. Bergeron's office who immediately took it upon himself to have the graffiti removed. Mr. Bergeron made it clear that this was completely "Intolerable", as he joined city workers in removing the hateful graffiti.
Mr. Bergeron added on his Facebook page that "hateful discourse is unacceptable in Montreal. As soon as I was informed that the anti-Semitic graffiti had been spray-painted on the sidewalk in front of Naot Shoes, I ensured that it would be removed immediately". He added that "on behalf of myself and of the members of Projet Montreal, I affirm my solidarity with the Jewish Community of Montreal."
The Jewish-owned shoe store has been the target of a boycott campaign for the past two years led by a small group of anti-Israel activists called PAJU...FYI, PAJU does not stand for People Against JUden--but it easily could.