MONTREAL — A major Montreal synagogue was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti Wednesday afternoon.
Rabbi Adam Scheier of Shaar Hashomayim, one of the largest synagogues in Montreal, said in a letter to members of the congregation that a man had spray-painted swastikas on the doors of the temple around 2 p.m.
Scheier said the man was quickly detained by a security guard, adding that police arrived soon afterwards and arrested him.
The synagogue said the man was carrying a canister of gasoline when he was arrested.
Montreal police did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, who represents a nearby riding, condemned the vandalism in a post on Twitter, calling it an "utter disgrace."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 13, 2021.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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