Canadians protest Jewish school buses defend wearing color Nazis used to mark Jews
By Scott Berson
March 08, 2018 08:30 AM
A group of about eight Montreal residents who attended a city meeting wearing small yellow badges in protest of Jewish school buses faced a wave of accusations of anti-Semitism. But their leader, Ginette Chartre, says they will not back down, the Canadian Press reported.
A growing Hasidic community in the Montreal borough of Outremont uses school buses to drop children off around the city, causing tension with neighbors who say the constant bus traffic causes congestion, noise and pollution, reported the Canadian Jewish News.
Chartre and other residents showed up at a public meeting to complain on March 5, wearing small yellow badges on their chests - a display some say evoked Nazi imagery.
Prior to the horrors of the Holocaust, the German government required Jewish people to wear six-pointed yellow badges bearing the word “Jude.” Propaganda leaflets were distributed to German citizens, saying “Whoever bears this sign is an enemy of our people,” according to the Holocaust Memorial Center.
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There were many different versions of the badge, which was also required in occupied countries. Some had different spellings of Jude or no word at all - but nearly all were based around a yellow Star of David.
The protesters in Canada say there is no connection between their choice of protest attire and the historic connection between yellow badges and mass persecution of Jewish people.
“[The Jews] always bring up their painful past,” Chartre, a leader of the protest, told the Canadian Press. “They do it to muzzle us. We’re wearing the yellow square because the school buses are yellow.”Read More...