Sun 26 May 2024 9:32 am - Jerusalem Time

Shooting at a Jewish school in Toronto, no casualties

A Jewish girls' school in Toronto, Canada, was exposed to gunfire early on Saturday morning, resulting in no casualties, according to what police announced, in an incident that came against the backdrop of tension related to the conflict in the Middle East.

Just before five o'clock in the morning, shots were fired at the Bais Chaya Mushka Primary School for Girls in the North York neighborhood, north of the city.

Police Inspector Paul Krawczyk said during a press conference that the suspects got out of a dark-colored car and “opened fire on the school and caused damage to the facade of the institution.”

The police will increase their presence in the neighborhood and around schools and other synagogues.

“We are not going to ignore the evidence and what happened here and what was the target of the shooting,” Krawczyk added. But at the same time, it would be a mistake to limit ourselves to mere speculation at this stage.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on the X platform, “Reports of a shooting at a Jewish elementary school in North York are abhorrent, and the perpetrators of this brazen, anti-Semitic act must be brought to justice.”

Ontario Premier Doug Ford denounced on the “X” platform what he considered “a blatant manifestation of anti-Semitism.”

For its part, the Jewish organization “Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center” said that it was “horrified” by the shooting.

The organization's CEO, Michael Levitt, said: "This shocking escalation of violence directed against innocent Jewish children should serve as a wake-up call to political leaders in our city and throughout our country."

In November, a Jewish religious school in Montreal, Quebec, was targeted by gunfire twice in the same week, resulting in no casualties.


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Shooting at a Jewish school in Toronto, no casualties