Sunday, October 14, 2012

Local Jews' names crossed out on poster 

AN allegedly anti-Semitic poster found on Broadway on Friday has been added to a continuing police investigation.

Winnipeg police Sgt. Monica Stothers confirmed on Saturday that officers are continuing to investigate the original posters, found in mid-September, coinciding with the Rosh Hashanah Jewish new year holiday.

"This one is being investigated with the first ones," Stothers said. "The investigators are doing everything they can to identify the person who produced these posters."

The department's major crime and hate crime units are part of the investigation, Stothers said.

"We do take this seriously. It's an active, ongoing investigation."

The latest poster, which was affixed to a pole on Broadway, lists 13 people -- mostly Jewish -- with all of their names stroked out.

The poster also discusses "cliques, corruption and organized crime," has a reference to Hitler with a dollar sign and has a web address sending people to a recent article in the Jewish Post and News arguing for both Mayor Sam Katz and city CAO Phil Sheegl to resign.

David Matas, senior counsel to B'nai Brith, told the Free Press on Friday he believes the poster is anti-Semitism.

Matas said he believes police should already have been able to arrest the person responsible, especially since the person has allegedly been trying to justify his actions on the Internet.


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