Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned recent violence in the country after bullet casings were found at two Jewish schools in Montreal on Thursday and university students clashed over the Israel-Hamas war in the city on Wednesday afternoon.
Montreal police are investigating the two overnight shootings after staff reported finding bullet holes in the school's front doors. There were no injuries, and it's unknown whether the incidents were connected.
Canada has a long history of being a diverse and peaceful country. This recent anti-Semitism and Islamophobia is disgusting and unacceptable. Canadians need to unite and not let international issues divide them domestically.
While the conflict in the Middle East has undoubtedly fueled these kinds of episodes, Canada's history is far from being free of hate crimes. In fact, these recent incidents are indicative of a wider problem that came to fester during the pandemic and call attention to the government's lack of action. It's time that the root cause of these types of crimes is finally addressed.