‘Worst’ anti-Semitic attack on Kosher cafe revealed to be scam by owners
The fake attack saw the BerMax Caffe and Bistro in Winnipeg spray painted with anti-Semitic graffiti and “severely vandalized.” A woman was assaulted and taken to the hospital for treatment, CBC reported at the time.
Police charged the owners with public mischief after an investigation involving 25 police officers and 1,000 hours of work revealed it to be nothing more than a scam. “In the end, we found evidence of a crime. It just wasn’t a hate crime,” Police Chief Danny Smyth said, Global News reports.Also on rt.com ‘Disgusting’ and ‘offensive’: Anti-vaxxers under fire for use of Holocaust symbols at protests
Alexander Berent, Oxana Berent, and Maxim Berent are to appear in court next month. Oxana was the woman allegedly assaulted. She denied the attack was fake on CBC Radio, saying, “We don’t joke about swastikas on our walls.”
The attack was alleged to have taken place on April 18, and it was the fourth reported attack on the cafe in five months. Police are also investigating these incidents, but haven’t commented on them yet.
"If the allegations of #Winnipeg police are true, we condemn this in the strongest possible terms. Making such allegations does nothing to quell the rise of racism in Winnipeg and will embolden the conspiracy theorists who blame society’s ills on Jews." https://t.co/UyNd9xrzKa— B'nai Brith Canada (@bnaibrithcanada) April 24, 2019
“If the allegations of Winnipeg police are true, we condemn this fabrication of a hate crime in the strongest possible terms,” Jewish organization B’nai Brith Canada said in a statement.
“Making false allegations of antisemitism does nothing to quell the rise of racism and discrimination in Winnipeg and across Canada and will embolden the conspiracy theorists and purveyors of anti-Jewish hatred who blame the entirety of society’s ills on the Jewish community.”
A crowdfunding page campaign had been set up to support the family and it was closed after news emerged about the fake attack. A vigil organized for Thursday night was also canceled.
Charges of mischief only? The only thing worse than a hate crime are those that STAGE them and claim victim. If a fake weapon is used in a crime, the weapon is still treated as a real weapon in a court of law. So how the fuck do fake hate crimes not follow the same rules?— Kapitan Curtis (@CurtisKapitan) April 25, 2019
Ugh. This stuff is maddening.— No collusion, am I still RussianBot? (@BYYYYYYYYYYU) April 24, 2019
What a shocking turn of events... 🙄— Jaeger Sylva (@JaegerPony) April 25, 2019
As we said yesterday, the staging of antisemitism in #Winnipeg will only “embolden the conspiracy theorists and antisemites who blame the entirety of society’s ills on the Jewish community.”See what we mean? pic.twitter.com/FPcLLqrjUA— B'nai Brith Canada (@bnaibrithcanada) April 25, 2019
So sad when real anti Semitism is a disgusting epidemic world-wide. If true, this just gives the real racists fodder.— Tracy Kirton (@ItsKirton) April 25, 2019
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