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Jewish groups call for more to be done to fight hatred after arrest of young man ;Ottawa in an alleged plot against the Jewish community.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have confirmed that the youth arrested last week on terrorism charges has been charged with three additional offenses after police executed a search warrant, including possession of explosives with the intention to endanger lives.

Police say they found materials used to create explosive substances. A source familiar with the matter said Monday that court information indicated the explosives were acetone and an oxidizer.

Acting CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, Sarah Beutel, said in a statement Tuesday that the accusations are a stunning development due to unchecked anti-Semitism, and that school leaders and governments must combat the rhetoric. of hatred.

She said her group is calling on leaders in schools, college campuses, all levels of government and other institutions to realize that they are responsible for what is said and shared.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an interview with Global News that the arrest was an extremely important moment demonstrating this that the government is doing everything it can to ensure the safety of the Jewish community in this country.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to journalists in the foyer of the House of Commons, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Wednesday, December 13, 2023. (File photo)

In the interview broadcast Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Trudeau described the rise in anti-Semitism in Canada linked to the war between Israel and Hamas as terrifying, and recalled that it was a problem. on which the government was acting.

The federal Minister of Public Safety announced Tuesday $5 million in additional funding for a temporary program to help communities at risk of hate crimes, citing a rise in anti-Semitism and hatred. ;Islamophobia.

The money should help secure sites such as offices and daycares, including through hiring #x27;security guards for a limited time.

Jewish and Muslim leaders across Canada have reported an increase in hate-motivated attacks since Hamas militants launched an attack in Israel on October 7, provoking a massive Israeli military response in the Gaza Strip.

The Center for Israel and Jewish Relations (CIJA) said Tuesday that the Liberal government should have already introduced a long-promised law on online hate.

The Liberals have promised to introduce the bill within 100 days of their 2021 election victory. Justice Minister Arif Virani recently said he hopes to introduce the bill next year .

CIJA's vice-president of external affairs, Richard Marceau, believes that if this bill had been tabled, we could have witnessed a different conversation on the web and he stressed that what is found online is not the same thing as what is found online. never stays there.

He said the terrorism charges in Ottawa were a shock, but they were not not surprising either given the current atmosphere.

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Richard Marceau is a lawyer and vice-president of external affairs of the Advisory Center for Jewish and Israeli Relations. (File photo)

We told governments, police forces and anyone who would listen, and we are now witnessing a potentially violent and very deadly and dangerous form of anti-Semitism, he denounced, highlighting incidents such as Molotov cocktails thrown at a synagogue and community center in Montreal and a bomb threat at a school in Toronto.

< p class="Text-sc-2357a233-1 imohSo">Jews across the country feel threatened. They feel under siege. They worry about themselves and their children.

A quote from Richard Marceau, vice-president of external affairs at CIJA

In a memo to supporters on Tuesday, the center urged people experiencing anti-Semitism in schools and universities to come forward and file complaints, saying it would provide legal support.

Michael Mostyn, CEO of B'nai Brith Canada, a Jewish advocacy group, noted in a statement that the accusations against the young people of x27;Ottawa should be a wake-up call.

We fail our young people when we leave them witness acts of public hatred against the Jewish community across the country, week after week, by domestic radicals, he denounced.

The RCMP reiterated in a statement Monday evening that it was concerned about the growing trend of violent extremism and in particular the increase in youth participation.

Five young Canadians have been arrested in terrorism-related cases since June.

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