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Numerous anti-Semitic posters, decals placed around Kelowna General

FILE PHOTO - Kelowna General Hospital
March 19, 2021 - 4:41 PM

RCMP are investigating after numerous anti-Semitic decals and posters were found near Kelowna General Hospital.

Police were notified by the City of Kelowna about the decals and posters, which were anti-Semitic in nature, posted along Abbott Street and near Kelowna General Hospital, March 19, according to an RCMP media release.

The complainant said she already removed a number of the posters and City employees continued to remove posters, while RCMP investigators discovered more of them associated with the same group along Abbott Street.

Officers also discovered decals at a bus stop in front of Kelowna General Hospital and are reviewing video from the area to narrow down the time of the offence, RCMP said.

"The posters have been removed and the investigation is in the early stages. The RCMP Forensic Identification Unit is engaged," Kelowna RCMP Sgt. Kevin Duggan said in the release. "The RCMP is working closely with the City of Kelowna to review video that may help to identify those involved."

Mayor Colin Basran issued a statement regarding the incident, March 19.

"I am saddened and disturbed that these kinds of views still exist here and elsewhere. But as a council, we hope our Jewish friends, along with people of all faiths and ethnicities, take some comfort in knowing these events are rare and that these ignorant voices represent a small fringe in contrast to the many thousands in Kelowna who believe in inclusion, diversity and civility," he said.

I don't want to give the person or people who did this anti-Semitic act any more attention than it deserves, so that's all I'll have to say on this matter."

Anyone with information or dash cam footage that could help the investigation is asked to call police. 

- This story was updated March 20, at 9:20 a.m. to include a statement from Basran.

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