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These actions were trying to generate hate (but) they've been unsuccessful  -- student leader on hearing of the arrest of the Canadian campus Nazi graffiti culprit (who turns out however to be Jewish).

Toronto, Canada, Thursday, October 21, 2004

Arrest made in hate campaign at Ryerson

Bid to Fuel Jewish, Arab Tensions on Campus

By Jonathon Kingstone,

RACIST PAMPHLETS plastered across Ryerson University were intended to pit Jewish and Arab students against each other, campus officials said yesterday as police announced an arrest.

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David Irving comments:

I REPEAT: Give us a break, already, with these stories of swastikas and graffiti.
   I think the general public has now got the message. The ten-thousand dollar reward that I offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprits behind the timely desecration of two Jewish cemeteries in New Zealand has gone unclaimed -- it seems that the community knows how to protect its own.
   It did not pass unnoticed that the community did not actually put up any reward of its own, although it was reported in the NZ media to be "considering" it.

"(This) lifts a really dark cloud that was hanging over our campus," said Ryerson president Claude Lajeunesse. "These actions were trying to generate hate (but) they've been unsuccessful."

At least 15 anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic posters and graffiti have been found at the downtown university since June, some containing death threats against students.

On Monday, a man was "caught in the act" by campus security posting hate-filled literature, Toronto Police said. A "large amount" of racist flyers was also found.

A 21-year-old Toronto man is scheduled to appear in College Park court today to face nine hate crime charges.

It's alleged he acted alone and was not affiliated with any known racist group, Det. Matt Moyer said.

Microcosm of the City

The accused was also not a Ryerson student but targeted the multicultural campus because it represented a "microcosm" of the city, Supt. Randal Munroe alleged.

The posters and graffiti were aimed at both Jews and Arabs, calling for violent acts against both groups.

Police were reluctant to comment on a motive, but Lajeunesse said the intention was to turn the two communities against each other.

"Rather than divide our campus it has united our campus," Lajeunesse said yesterday.

Several forums were held between the groups as well as a "faith" summit.

Farber with friendsBoth the Canadian Arab Federation and Canadian Jewish Congress have been involved with the student groups.

"The arrest brings a huge sigh of relief," the CJC's Bernie Farber (right, with friends) said yesterday.

Kevin Haas is facing hate crime-related charges alleging mischief and death threats.





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