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Trial of Bermax Café owners for alleged hate-crime hoaxes postponed

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Stickers claiming that a Jewish conspiracy unleashed the coronavirus been found in public places around Halifax, Nova Scotia (Photo Atlantic Jewish Council Facebook page)

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Halifax rallies around Jewish community after second COVID-19 blood libel  

Small stickers blaming Jews and Freemasons for the coronavirus pandemic have been appearing around Halifax since mid-September, and the community is having none of it.

“We were first alerted of the stickers in mid – September by community members,” Atlantic Jewish Council Executive Director Naomi Rosenfeld told TheJ.ca. “Predominately the stickers have 

been found in public settings such as outdoor garbage cans and bus terminals.  A number of other community groups have reached out to us with statements of support.”

Inked in black and white and printed on mailing labels, the middle of the stickers say: “The Bug That Backfired! COVID-19” and has a Magen David on one side and a Freemason symbol on the other. AJC immediately informed Halifax Regional Police of the discovery as well as reporting it to CIJA.

Rosenfeld said, “We were particularly impressed by the statement released by the Freemasons (also implicated as causing covid on the hateful stickers) in support of our Jewish community.” 

The offensive messages were splattered around the city’s downtown core and on some university campuses. There is no evidence yet about a source of the antisemitic mischief in Halifax but Rosenfeld revealed it is the second to reference the pandemic.

We have had some incidents of antisemitic graffiti, including one piece recently that also implicated the Jewish community in the spread of COVID-19. We also reported this graffiti to the HRP, who immediately had it removed and opened an investigation.”

Winnipeg

Lawyers for a Jewish man and his parents, co-accused in an allegedly staging hate crime hoaxes to sink their floundering Winnipeg restaurant, claim that COVID-19 protocols, and not fear of a public courtroom, stranded them in Los Angeles, causing the proceedings to be delayed.

Maxim Berent (represented by Phil Cramer) and his parents Alexander and Oksana Berent (represented by Michael Lazar) were in L.A. this week instead of in a courtroom to face four counts of public mischief after a series of incidents at the once-kosher restaurant.

At the time of the penultimate occurrence on April 18, 2019, court records show the family was deep in debt to the government and banks and far behind on the rent. Oksana was supposedly found unconscious on the floor of Bermax Café by son and husband after an intruder attacked. Investigators said security and civic video unwound their version of events and the timeline. Some graffiti was found on the walls and the plumbing wrecked, but in another area, there was a conspicuously mild tossing of an office recently sub-leased to a GBTL Jewish organization.

That organization, B’TLV, was further victimized when it established a GoFundMe to raise money to support the Berents before realizing they had been duped, and were not only out of a host facility to operate their programs but subject to malicious whispers they had been in on the hoax.

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The defacement of their B’TLV logo on a wall with a swastika was seen by many – and particularly Israelis – as a hate crime, regardless if it was “fake”. Authorities told TheJ.ca at the time they declined to press charges on the basis a Jew could not be charged with committing an anti-Semitic act.

Lazar told the Free Press this was all agreed to by the Crown, because travel quarantine restrictions and associated costs for the defendants simply couldn’t be accommodated. Extradition for mischief charges would be unheard of. Cramer told the newspaper his clients intended to plead their innocence at the trial when it is rescheduled.

The plan now is for them to voluntarily return from California, where they sought financial assistance and accommodation due to being shunned by the community in Winnipeg, with the arrest warrant issued by the Court this week considered a formality.

Cobourg, Ontario

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating a vandalism incident after a sighting of a swastika and “KKK” spray painted on a rock, about 25 km north of Cobourg.  

The Northumberland Detachment were notified on Sunday October 4 about graffiti defacing public property, including the Harwood Dock sign, a parking sign, and a plaque. 

OPP is investigating white supremacist graffiti discovered at Harwood Dock (photo Northumberland Detachment)

The only markings that were easily discernible were those aimed at the rock. The Hate Crimes Officer was notified and the investigation is ongoing.

About a year ago, a swastika flag was zip-tied over a Canadian flag at a home in Cobourg’s west end, to the surprise of the homeowners. Police promptly removed it but the investigation did not yield a suspect.

Vancouver

Anti-Israel activist Charlotte Kates of Vancouver is basking in the glory of winning an award named after Fidel Castro’s biggest fan.

National Lawyers Guild named Kates the recipient of the 2020 Debra Evenson “Venceremos” Award in recognition of her leadership roles “to advance international justice and oppose U.S. imperialism … and has organized delegations, actions, reports and articles that highlight the struggle for the liberation of Palestine and the Palestinian prisoners.” She is a member of Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition and the Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

Kates is also the international coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. According to NGO Monitor, “Samoudin is a main advocate for the release of Palestinian prisoners, many with ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization (designated as such by the U.S., EU, Canada, and Israel)”.

Debra Evenson was president of the National Lawyers Guild from 1988 until 1991, until she began working as counsel for the law firm Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman representing the Castro regime in U.S. lawsuits. According to the Guild, “The Debra Evenson Venceremos International Award is presented on an annual basis as a national Guild award to honor outstanding international legal work, legal solidarity, international advocacy, and justice beyond borders, in the tradition of Debra Evenson.” They describe the Rutgers graduate as “a leading expert on Cuba’s legal system, a law professor and a pioneering advocate of international solidarity in legal work.

In October 2008, Evenson was one of several thousand college professors, students and academic staff who signed a statement supporting former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers after allegations were raised he was closely linked to Democrat Presidential candidate Barack Obama.  

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Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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