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The Jewish owners of a kosher cafe in Winnipeg have been charged by police for staging a violent attack against themselves and spray-painting their own business with antisemitic graffiti.
Their cafe was the target of repeated antisemitic vandalism the past few months.
From The Canadian Press:
What looked like an anti-Semitic attack at a Winnipeg cafe that drew public concern and political condemnation was not a hate crime but an alleged sham staged by owners of the business, police said Wednesday.Police announced on Facebook they arrested BerMax Caffe and Bistro owners Alexander Berent, 56, Oxana Berent, 48 and Maxim Berent, 29.
These individuals are all owners of the café. They are each charged with one count of Public Mischief and released. Public Mischief (CCC 140 (1)) occurs when an individual, with intent to mislead, causes a peace officer to enter on or continue an investigation based on a false statement or causing another person to be suspected of having committed an offence to divert suspicion from themselves."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," CJN reports.
Mayor Brian Bowman condemned the alleged "act of hate" at the time on Twitter:
Here's some pictures of the damage police say the Berents did to their own business:
The Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee said back in February, the previous time their cafe was vandalized, that it was "not for the first time #Winnipeg's BerMax Caffe and Bistro has been the target of anti-Semitism."
The suspected hate hoax was also used to launch a GoFundMe:
Despite all the evidence against them, the Berent family are still proclaiming their innocence.
"It's not something that we do," Maxim Berent told CBC Manitoba. "It's against our Jewish law -- it's against our beliefs."
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