Firebombed Library Rebuilt
The Library at the United Talmud Torah Elementary School in Montreal was reopenned, 8 months after it was firebombed in retaliation for Israel’s elimination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. The new library contains 13,000 books and was rebuilt with help from around the world, including a donation by Australian actor Russell Crowe, who played a neo-Nazi skinhead in the 1992 film Romper Stomper. The new library also comes equipped with with state-of-the-art computers and an audio-visual wing.
Parent Leora Lieberman noted “My kids have even said it to me, ‘Mommy, we have a better library than before. They did some bad, but we tricked them — we got a better library.”
Sleiman Elmerhebi, 19, and his mother Rouba Elmerhebi Faud, 36, are back in court Dec. 16 on charges of arson and conspiracy in the firebombing of the school.