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Suspect charged after swastikas graffitied on synagogue doors in Canada



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This story was first published by The Dark Wire Investigation Foundation.

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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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’



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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.


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