Calgary Herald

Calgary man charged with making threats to Jewish organizati­ons


A Calgary man has been charged in relation to online threats made to Jewish community organizati­ons.

On Oct. 29, police received reports of multiple online threats made on social media to two organizati­ons in the city. It is alleged the social media user created and sent the threats under a fake name.

The investigat­ion uncovered the owner of the social media account and determined the suspect's location was Calgary. On Nov. 7, one man was arrested and charged.

Mohamad Ghandour, 25, is charged with three counts of uttering threats. He will appear in court Dec. 6.

A news release said hate motivation is being investigat­ed as a factor.

“We understand that recent events that have taken place locally in relation to internatio­nal conflicts have deeply affected Calgarians' sense of safety across their city,” said Insp. Keith Hurley of the Calgary Police Service. “We want to reassure all affected communitie­s that we take every reported incident seriously, and we remain committed to keeping everyone safe.”

Hurley added any threats to individual­s or communitie­s, whether online or in person, are fully investigat­ed by the CPS.

“We understand the impact these threats have to Calgarians' sense of safety in their city and will work diligently to hold people accountabl­e for their actions.”

The release said it maintains the CPS polices behaviours and not beliefs.

“We will not tolerate criminal behaviour and are working closely with our community partners to ensure they have our support as we work together to keep Calgary safe.”

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