Three days, three Molotov cocktails. Chops Restaurant, a kosher establishment who was attacked in October 2012 and in January of this year was attacked again early Sunday morning.
Just before one o’clock a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the restaurant. There was no fire and nobody was hurt.
Simcha Suissa was across the street from Chops when it happened. “We asked people what happened and their reply was ‘we saw two masked guys come in, throw in the cocktail and run out. Within seconds all the tableclothes in chops were on fire.’”
This is the third Molotov Cocktail attack in as many days. On Friday, Le Shalom, a kosher restaurant just down the street from Chops was hit, and an apartment on Collins Ave. in Cote St Luc was hit early Saturday morning.
The difference between the Chops attack and previous attacks is that the restaurant was open for business. Approximately 30 customers were inside.
Witnesses say the two men fled the scene by foot.
The twitter page for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs wrote that the fire bombings are not hate crime related. Several politicians have already weighed in on twitter as well, notably Liberal MP Bob Rae, who wrote “this is terrible news,” and Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney who agreed with Bob Rae and linked a news article about the attack.
Howie Silbiger – Montreal Jewish News