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Canada's National Holocaust Monument defaced just days after Auschwitz anniversary

It was only five days ago that Canadians and people all over the world celebrated the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. And just two days after that, Canada's National Holocaust Monument was defaced. 

Ottawa Police tweeted about the incident on January 29, saying "Police are investigating an incident involving the defacing of the National Holocaust Monument on Booth Street and treating this matter seriously."

"It will be investigated as a hate-motivated incident by our Hate Crimes Section."

According to Global News,  Const. Amy Gagnon said police are unsure of exactly how the monument was defaced, though it looked like eggs had been thrown at it. 

She said remnants of a yellow substance could be found on the monument and eggshells could be seen on the ground.

Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly also tweeted about the incident. 

The news comes less than a week after the Ottawa Police Service announced plans to re-establishing a centralized hate crime unit, as anti-semitic hate crimes are on the rise in Canada and throughout the world. 

"It is very disturbing that someone would choose to deface a monument dedicated to the millions of men, women and children who were murdered in the Holocaust, especially in the same week as International Holocaust Remembrance Day during which we pay tribute to victims and vow to never allow such a tragedy to happen again," said Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, in a statement.

"This is an insult to not only Holocaust victims, but also their families, Holocaust survivors and the Jewish community as a whole that to this day continues to be targeted by hate."

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