Swastika Graffiti and Fire Set to Monkland Businesses
Three swastikas and pentagram were found graffitied in the hallway between businesses on Monkland Ave. on Sunday Sept. 28. The acts of vandalism happened around the same time a fire broke out in the same spot on Friday Sept. 26, the second day of Rosh Hashana. It’s unknown whether the two events are connected.
Friday morning a fire broke out in a hallway shared by three businesses on Monkland Avenue near Beaconsfield Avenue. The interior of Fruits Monkland was completely damaged by the fire; Ongles Princesse and Toilettage Snip Doggy Dog were damaged by the smoke. Based on the type of graffiti, the vandalism appears to be a hate crime. The ethnicities of the store-owners are Chinese, Vietnamese and Jewish respectively.
The police failed to mention the graffiti, which the store owners say definitely appeared after or right before the fire.
“We really don’t know if [the graffiti] was done with the fire, or after the fire,” said owner of Toilettage Snip Doggy Dog Kobi Ben-Jacob. “The firemen had to break into the hallway.”
The owners of the dog-grooming and nail salon spent Sunday cleaning out their stores, but it wasn’t until Monday that they went to see the damage in the hallway and found the swastikas and pentagram.
Ben-Jacob says his business wasn’t really affected, and lost at most a few days of work, but the fire damage to the grocery store owned by Jing Jiang was severe.
“She lost her business you know,” he said. “It’s just going day by day waiting for the insurance companies to do their work.”