Alberta Filmmaker Goes On Antisemitic Rampage In Town With 10 Jews
A stolen truck plowed through the provincial office building in Edson, Alberta on Saturday morning and the accused thief went on a rampage inside the building, leaving antisemitic
messages scattered throughout the wreckage.
The truck, stolen from an electrical shop next door, was driven through a fence and into the east doorway. With glass windows and rubble strewn around the floor, the accused got back in the truck, drove straight out the rear doors and steered into the attached regional courthouse.
The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Marcia McDermott, who spoke of "antisemitic messaging left at the scene". TheJ.ca has already established during our Bermax investigation that Hate Crime laws would not usually apply to an attack on a non-denominational building.
“We don't have room for intolerance in our society, we don't have room for intolerance in our community,” Mayor Kevin Zahara told CTV News. “So it's troubling that a deranged individual would do something like that.”
A 35 year old man, Kelvin Brent Zawadiuk of Edson, is charged with breaking and entering, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, theft, mischief under $5,000 and failure to comply with a probation order.
He was linked in March 2011 to one of four men charged by Edmonton police with assault and distributing flyers created by Blood and Honour, a white nationalist organization, although the group denied any of the accused were members.
One, James Brooks, was the star of a low budget film about a violent neo-Nazi - Blue Eyed Devil - directed by Zawadiuk.
Edmonton Journal columnist Todd Babiuk quoted Zawadiuk as lauding the actor:
"(Brooks) was perfect for this, a skinhead character. It's an ode to the 1970's and 1980's exploitation movies, a character study, a man descending into madness. It's just meant to terrify you." Another film, Tweaker, was directed and written by Zawadiuk in 2013, as TheJ.ca confirmed by examining his Twitter feed. The trailer of the teen-angst film contained NSFW scenes of gang violence, needle use, and intimate sex. A tweet he posted previous to one promoting that film made a derogatory slur about gay men.
The town of 8000 residents is about 200 km west of Edmonton and has no organized Jewish presence, with an estimated Jewish population of about 10. Not a single respondent from Edson in the 2016 Census indicated they spoke Hebrew.
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