Montreal police are currently conducting an investigation following a second incident of gunshots fired at a Jewish school in the city’s west end within the same week. Reports of gunshots near Yeshiva Gedola of Montreal on Deacon Road in the Côte-des-Neiges neighborhood were received around 5 a.m. on Sunday. Upon arrival, law enforcement discovered bullet impact marks on the building and shell casings on the ground in close proximity.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and as of now, no arrests have been made. Police cannot confirm whether anyone was inside the building at the time of the incident. A security perimeter has been established to facilitate the ongoing investigation.
Mayer Feig, a member of the Council of Hasidic Jews of Quebec, expressed the belief that such attacks on schools aim to intimidate the Jewish population in the city, emphasizing the need to stop these actions, as they have no place in Quebec, Canada, or Montreal. Both Yeshiva Gedola and Talmud Torah Elementary School, another Jewish school in Côte-des-Neiges, were targeted by gunfire earlier in the week, with no injuries reported.
The escalation of incidents involving Jewish institutions comes amid heightened tensions in Montreal related to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Middle East. Additionally, on Monday, a West Island synagogue and Jewish community center were targeted with Molotov cocktails. The community is grappling with the consequences of these acts, which are causing fear and concern among its members. School officials from Yeshiva Gedola are expected to hold a news conference to address the recent events, seeking to shed light on the situation and emphasize the need for unity and security in the face of such threats.