A video has emerged which shows a Montreal taxi driver punching another man. The victim, a Jewish man, who Bill613.com notes was wearing a kippah at the time of the incident, says that the attack was antisemitic in nature.
A press release by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CJIA) relays the incident, which took place on July 28.
According to the CJIA, the victim, who was visiting his parents at 4 Tower Condos in Ville Saint-Laurent, went to talk to a taxi driver who was blocking access to the parking garage.
The video below recorded the incident. As the man approaches the cab to take a photo of the driver, the taxi driver gets out of his car, pins the man to a nearby car, and repeatedly punches him. You can see this at around 4:00 minutes in.
According to the victim, who preferred to stay anonymous, he heard the taxi driver shout, “I won’t move for any f***ing Jews!”.
According to a statement from B’nai Brith Canada, "The driver then allegedly threatened to kill the victim."
The video shows passersby and another taxi driver separate the two men.
Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada, said, “This is a shocking antisemitic hate crime, in which someone could have been gravely injured or even killed. Our thanks as a community go out to the good Samaritan who stepped in before this event became even uglier.”
The taxi driver who assaulted the man works with Champlain Taxi. According to CIJA, Champlain taxi have fired the man and issued apologies.
The SPVM have also been noticed and are treating the incident as a hate crime.
CIJA-Québec Co-Chair Rabbi Reuben Poupko stated that "CIJA and Federation CJA have been in contact with the SPVM regarding the incident and are confident that it will be thoroughly investigated and, as the case may be, prosecuted.”
Read the CIJA press release here.
You can find the B'nai Brith press release here.