Teenager who burned Israeli flags is sentenced


The teenager burned Israeli flags on April 26.

The 16-year-old who tore Israeli flags from the fences of a Jewish elementary school in Dollard-des-Ormeaux and then burned them was sentenced to a year's probation after pleading guilty Monday to charges of arson before the Youth Division of the Court of Quebec.

During this probation, he will not be allowed to post about the State of Israel or the Jewish school on social media, must maintain a distance of 200 meters from the school at all times in no more writing a letter of apology to the latter.

The Advisory Center for Jewish and Israeli Relations (CIJA) considers that this punishment is not severe enough for the young man and that it does not make it possible to fully understand the seriousness of the impact of the crime, especially since it happened on the 75th anniversary of Israel’s independence.

“We appreciate the terms of the sentence that protect the Jewish community, but the one-year probation does not deter others from committing heinous acts or educate the individual about the harmful consequences of their acts. We will continue to work with our government partners to ensure that guidelines are established for the justice system's treatment of hate crimes to reflect the seriousness of the harm they cause to those they affect. President for Quebec of CIJA, Eta Yudin.

This incident occurred shortly after the publication of a report by the Jewish organization B'nai Brith detailing 722 incidents of anti-Semitism in Quebec in 2022, the second worst year in terms of anti-Semitic episodes, just after the year 2021, when 828 cases were recorded.

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