Outbreak of anti-Semitic Graffiti in Ottawa; Suspect Arrested

The suspect, arrested outside a local JCC, is believed to be behind five incidents of racist and anti-Semitic vandalism, three of which targeted local synagogues.

Anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted in the Canadian capital on home of Rabbi Anna Maranta
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Ottawa police arrested a suspect on Saturday in connection with the Canadian capital's recent outbreak of anti-Semitic and racist vandalism.

Police Chief Charles Bordelau told reporters that a suspect, whose identity has not been revealed, was arrested outside a local Jewish Community Center.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, the suspect is believed to be behind five incidents of anti-Semitic and racist vandalism this past week. Two synagogues and one private home used as a prayer center were defaced with swastikas and anti-Semitic language, while a church and mosque were also defaced with racist graffiti.

Rabbi Anna Maranta, owner of the vandalized home, posted a photo of the graffiti on Facebook with the message “This. This is what has been unleashed by the American President Elect, and those that support him.”

Mayor Jim Watson told reporters he hopes the arrest brings relief to the victimized communities, but cautioned that “sometimes these kinds of terrible acts are followed up by copy cats and we have to remain vigilant.”

Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the Ottawa incidents, tweeting “To the Canadian Jewish community, I stand with you. Our government denounces recent acts of anti-Semitism in the strongest terms.”