Wednesday, March 17, 2004


An abomination in Toronto:
The crudely sprayed swastika left Maria Leib speechless.

And it cruelly carried her back to the Jewish ghetto in the Ukraine where Nazis confined her during World War II.

"That was a bitter time," Leib said yesterday as York Region police continued their probe of anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on 13 homes and vehicles in a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood in Vaughan early Monday.

"I feel at home in Canada," Leib said haltingly. "But for the first time I felt afraid."

Ichil Leib said he immediately sensed something was wrong when his mother opened the front door of their townhouse Monday morning.

The words JEWZ SUK had been scrawled above the Nazi symbol.

"This isn't the first time such hateful things have happened and it won't be the last," the 57-year-old man said.

"My mother wants to remove it, but I want to leave it so people can see that it's a crime."

Residents along Beverley Glen Blvd. and nearby streets in the Steeles Ave. W. and Dufferin St. neighbourhood awoke to find swastikas and other hateful symbols. All homes are owned by Jews and easily identified by a sacred scroll attached to the doorframe.
And out of sheer habit I read the article waiting for the reporter to attempt to link this story with The Passion of the Christ. ASTONISHINGLY they didn't!

I'm assuming they didn't because they have no evidence of such a connection.

But buddy boy, you better believe if this had happened in an American city - evidence or not - what passes for journalists in this country would have Gibson's movie mentioned by the fifth paragraph.

My hat is off to the Canadian reporters and editors for this example of reporting the facts.

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