A Jewish cemetery in Ottawa was desecrated by vandals who covered it in antisemitic graffiti with slogans and swastikas.
The Jewish community of Ottawa is naturally disturbed by this affront to their dignity and the sanctity of their dead. Fortunately, however, the police have immediately labelled this act a hate crime and are investigating.
A Jewish community spokesperson said that community ostracism of those responsible is the best deterrent against such attacks. Perhaps this is true, but so are tough laws that severely punish intolerance and education programs and community outreach that combat intolerance and hate.
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