Canada - Two men convicted in vandalism of synagogue in Ontario

Jewish groups in Canada praised the hate-crimes conviction of two men in Hamilton, Ontario, who vandalized a synagogue there back in 2019.

Liam Greaves and Blake Trautman, both 19 at the time of the incident, spray-painted a swastika and the words "No Jews" along with anti-black graffiti on the parking lot of Beth Jacob synagogue.

They put down the graffiti on a Friday night that fell between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Both men said they had been drinking at the time, according to news reports.

Both defendants were given conditional sentences of house arrest and community service followed by probation.

In an interview with the Canadian Jewish News, Rabbi Hillel Lavery-Yisraeli said the incident was "unimaginably frightening," he said. "Our sanctuary was full that day with members of all ages. ... There is no way to undo the feeling of fear it created to think some of our neighbors still identify with Nazi ideology," he added.

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