Bomber of Jewish School on Trial in Montreal

(Toronto Globe and Mail)- Canadian Prosecutor Anne Aube called the firebombing of Montreal's United Talmud Torah school "an act of terrorism" on Canadian soil that targeted one community but attacked Canadian values as a whole. Sleiman El-Merhebi, 19, pleaded guilty to setting the fire on April 5. Aube said El-Merhebi was not merely a prank-prone teen acting impulsively when he lobbed kerosene canisters through the smashed library window and destroyed more than 10,000 children's books. She said his act was premeditated - he bought the kerosene two days before the attack - and then he coldly worked out an alibi.

2004-12-24 00:00:00

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