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A man has been arrested after a synagogue in Montreal, Canada was vandalized with swastikas on Wednesday, according to reports. Adam Riga, 28, was arrested within minutes of his arrival, the Synagogue said.
Riga appeared in a Montreal court Friday where he’s charged with possessing incendiary and explosive materials with the intention of committing a criminal act and threatening to set fire to a synagogue, according to The Montreal Gazette.
According to Rabbi Scheier of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, the suspect was holding a can of gasoline, a lighter and a can of black spraypaint when he approached the building. Further, he said the suspect attempted to enter the building, but was unsuccessful because of the security measures already in place.
“As the optimist says, it could have been much worse,” Rabbi Scheier wrote in an opinion piece for the Montreal Gazette Thursday. “The attack took place in daylight hours at a synagogue closed due to COVID-19; our security team responded efficiently and effectively — for all of that, we are grateful. It certainly could have been worse.”
The Rabbi added, “Even with that gratitude, it still stings. As I first observed the swastikas on our house of prayer, community, memories, and dreams, I felt profound sadness. Tragically, symbols of hatred are neither shocking nor unexpected, but there is an acute pain when they land at one’s own front door.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the act as “despicable,” in a Wednesday tweet.
“I condemn this vile act in the strongest terms possible and stand united with Congregation @ShaarHashomayim, Rabbi @AdamScheier, and Jewish Canadians across the country. We must always denounce antisemitic hate, no matter when or where it arises,” the PM wrote.
In 2019, Canada saw an 8% increase in antisemitic incidents from the previous year, according to an audit conducted by B’nai Brith Canada. Moreover, more than 6 antisemitic incidents occurred each day of that year totaling 2,205 incidents reported, the audit shows.
And Rabbi Scheier concluded in his op-ed that there’s still so much more that can be done in the fight against antisemitism.
“We can do so much better in addressing the hateful speech and ideas that lead to destructive behaviour, he wrote. “In the next few days, we will likely learn of the man’s motives and how he arrived at the idea to attack our spiritual home. In the meantime, we embrace all of the goodness that surrounds us, and move forward with the sincere and optimistic prayer that love will prevail.”
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Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.
A new report from Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a U.K.-based investigative organization, determined that a North Korean ballistic missile which was fired by Russia into Ukraine contained “numerous” electronic components sourced from the U.S. and Europe.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the findings, noting approximately 75% of the 290 components analyzed in the missile originated from U.S.-based companies, and an additional 16% of components came from European firms, according to the CAR report.
The electronic components came from 26 countries in total and were largely utilized in the missile’s navigation system, according to the report. It isn’t clear how the components ended up in North Korea’s possession, as the country is strictly sanctioned by a bulk of the international community, but it’s possible other foreign companies, acting as middlemen, bought the components and then diverted them to the communist country.
However, the fact that North Korea was able to acquire so many American electronic component parts suggests “that the country has developed a robust acquisition network capable of circumventing, without detection, sanction regimes that have been in place for nearly two decades,” according to the report.
CAR documents “weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.”North Korea gathered the components, assembled the missile and shipped it to Russia, all within a relatively short time period, according to the report. The missile was recovered by CAR on Jan. 2, and the investigators determined it could not have been manufactured before March 2023.
A @conflictarm field investigation team recently documented the electronic components of a North Korean ballistic missile recovered in Ukraine on 2 January 2024. CAR investigators documented over 290 components, mostly found in the missile’s navigation system.🧵 (1/6) pic.twitter.com/WxsedC18K6
— CAR (@conflictarm) February 20, 2024
The U.S. government and intelligence agencies are working to stop sensitive American intellectual property from ending up in the hands of several foreign adversaries. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have strengthened their relationship since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
“Due in part to our export and sanction controls, Russia has become increasingly isolated on the world stage, and they’ve been forced to look to like-minded states for military equipment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing in January. “One of those states is North Korea.”
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