Montreal | A pro-Palestinian demonstration in front of the Holocaust museum

Several dozen demonstrators in support of the Palestinian cause gathered late Monday in front of the Holocaust Museum and the Cummings Center in Montreal. The rally outraged the Advisory Center for Jewish and Israeli Relations and Federation CJA, which represents Jews in the Montreal area.


A pro-Palestinian crowd demonstrated loudly Monday evening in front of the Montreal Holocaust Museum, located on Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road, a little east of Décarie Boulevard, in Montreal.

Around 10 p.m., the pro-Palestinian demonstrators formed a crowd of around 200 people, chanting slogans and shouting at leaders with megaphones.

A smaller crowd of pro-Israel counter-protesters, estimated at around 100 people, was kept at bay by a police cordon.

The Montreal City Police Service (SPVM) confirmed Monday evening that the demonstration would take place. At the end of the evening, the event was still in progress and no assessment from the authorities had been made, indicated Caroline Chèvrefils, media relations officer for the SPVM.

PHOTO MARTIN CHAMBERLAND, THE PRESS

A smaller crowd of pro-Israel counter-protesters, estimated at around 100 people, was kept at bay by a police cordon.

A large security perimeter was established by the SPVM, which kept traffic away from the area delimited by Westbury and Mountain Sights streets, to the east and west of the museum. The latter is located opposite an important cultural and sports center of the Jewish community of Montreal.

Demonstrators with Palestinian flags were seen from 6 p.m. in the Villa-Maria metro area, not far from the perimeter of the demonstration.

Jewish communities worried

“An aggressive and physically intimidating crowd surrounds one of the central buildings of the Jewish community in Côte-des-Neiges,” the Advisory Center for Jewish and Israeli Relations (CIJA) reported on X shortly before 8 p.m. Monday evening.

“The demonstrators block access to the building and harass those who try to enter. This is not a question of political views or foreign conflict, it is intentional intimidation of Montreal Jews,” denounced the organization.

The publication was also relayed by Federation CJA, which represents Jews in the Montreal region.

It was not possible Monday evening to know whether an event was being held in the museum or the Cummings Center. No conferences were planned in the online calendars of the two establishments.

An event canceled at Concordia on Monday

This demonstration coincides with the cancellation on Monday of a conference organized by Concordia’s Israeli student group, Startup Nation. Three Israeli defense soldiers were expected on campus to speak about the “fight against the delegitimization of Israel,” according to the student newspaper The Link.

One of the invited soldiers, Aby Volcovich, had previously claimed in a video posted on Instagram that the Palestinian children targeted by the Israeli army were “terrorists”.

The meeting was ultimately canceled due to pressure from within the university.

With information from Yann Pineau, The Press


reference: www.lapresse.ca

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