“An anti-Semitic attack originally called “the most brazen” the city had seen was staged by the owners of the restaurant that reported it, Winnipeg police say.
All three owners of the restaurant have been arrested and charged with public mischief after the incident was initially reported last week.
On Thursday evening, police responded to a report of an assault at the BerMax Caffé and Bistro on Corydon Avenue just east of Kenaston Boulevard. A woman said she was assaulted, and the restaurant was spray-painted with hateful graffiti, police said.
Winnipeg police Chief Danny Smyth said Wednesday the incident was staged.
“The anti-Semitic graffiti and vandalism were also falsely reported as being done by outside suspects,” Smyth said.
“We found evidence of a crime. It just wasn’t a hate crime,” said Smyth, adding the police expended considerable resources investigating the incident and took it seriously.
Alexander Berent, 56, Oxana Berent, 48, and son Maxim Berent, 29, (left) have all been charged with public mischief and were released after their arrest, police say. They are slated to appear in court in May.
[The restaurant was founded in 2015 by the Berent family – Jewish-Ukrainian immigrants who came to Canada in 2005 by way of Israel – and was operated by Oxana Berent and her son, Maxim.]
Smyth said he is disappointed by the allegedly staged crime and fears it will promote cynicism.
The incident took place the night before the start of Passover, a significant Jewish holiday.
“I just can’t fathom how or why people would want to do such a terrible act,” Elaine Goldstine, chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, said after the reports of the vandalism and attack last week. “We are horrified and saddened.”
Smyth wouldn’t speculate on a motive for staging the incident. He also would not comment on a previous report of a hate-motivated incident at the same restaurant.
‘Most brazen act of anti-Semitism we’ve seen’: Winnipeg Jewish community reeling after attack at BerMax Caffé
The restaurant was severely vandalized and spray-painted with a swastika. A woman was assaulted and a Winnipeg restaurant was spray-painted with hateful graffiti Thursday, police say.
Police were called to BerMax Caffé and Bistro, on Corydon Avenue just east of Kenaston Boulevard, around 10:45 p.m.
The woman was taken to hospital in stable condition, treated and released, police say.
The inside of the restaurant was almost entirely destroyed, with plates and glasses smashed to pieces, tables and chairs flipped over and other items scattered across the floor, according to police.
The same restaurant has been targeted with similar crimes four times in the past five months, Const. Rob Carver told reporters at a news conference Friday.
‘Horrified and saddened’ “I just can’t fathom how or why people would want to do such a terrible act,” said Elaine Goldstine, chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg. “We are horrified and saddened.”
Goldstine said previous incidents were limited to anti-Semitic graffiti. “This [violent attack] has taken things to the next level,” she said.
“It’s the most brazen act of anti-Semitism that we’ve seen in our community, and perhaps ever. We hope this is not a sign of things to come,” he said.
Rev. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, a minister at Westworth United Church, came directly to BerMax Caffé and Bistro after her Good Friday sermon ended to show her solidarity and offer support to the Jewish community.
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Obviously Organized Jewry is promoting a narrative that people defending their national and cultural identity, as well as their human and democratic rights, are “haters.”
It’s time ordinary Jews realize they are being led down the garden path by Organized Jewry. Jews have been enlisted as frontmen for the NWO and they will take the fall. They will have no one to blame but themselves. You never hear about Freemasons. That’s the clue average Jews will take the blame.
(“Time to pre-heat the ovens,” is the comment on Voat Thursday)
Most Jews regard Chabad as fanatics but their demented ideology is driving the Rothschild banking cartel, Donald Trump, Bibi Netanyahu and the New World Order. They use banking, Freemasonry and Organized Jewry to control the government, media, corporations, education, and everything else.
“Diversity” is their term for destroying European homelands and culture. “Globalism” is code for their tyranny.
Unless ordinary Jews say, in the words of Samuel Goldwyn, “include me out”, the antisemitic attacks of the future won’t be hoaxes.
And like the boy who cried wolf, nobody will care.