BerMax Caffe and Bistro in Winnipeg faced vandalism

BerMax Caffe and Bistro in Winnipeg faced vandalism

BerMax Caffe and Bistro was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.

This place is run by an observant Jewish family. Last week, the word "Jew" appeared on the windows and in the parking lot of the restaurant.

A vandalism report was received by the Police on Friday morning. The Police assume the crime was motivated by hate. The restaurant owner is very sad by the incident and says that his family will hardly forget this situation for a long time.

"Our family came to Canada to be part of the unique Canadian society, where we can practice our Jewish tradition as we did for thousands of years, and bring our share to the general community as well as bring our contribution to Canadian society," Maxim Berent said.

The restaurant owner added that this is not the first case of aggression towards his restaurant.

"Just less than a week ago, we commemorated the International Holocaust Day: A day where no matter your background, we say, 'never again, never again, never again.' Yet, it is 2019 and we are still not educated on our past and incidents of such kind bring harm our Canadian society," Berent added.

The president of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg said that it is very sad to see such violence in the city.

"I like to think that Winnipeg is such a diverse community and that we're welcoming of so many people from so many countries and religions. And it saddens me that we're still seeing these anti-Semitic acts," she said.

As the official data show, the number of hate crimes has increased significantly in recent years. They are mostly observed against such populations as Muslim, Jewish and black. 

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