Three days ago a group of eight Montreal residents attended a city meeting wearing small yellow badges in protest of Jewish school buses, the Canadian Press reported.
They are now facing a wave of criticism and accusations of anti-Semitism, however, their leader Ginette Charte says the group will not back down.
Montreal, Canada, has a growing Hasidic Jewish community, particularly in the borough of Outremont, and often uses school buses to drop children off around the city.
The residents protesting the school buses claim the constant bus traffic causes congestion, noise and pollution, causing tension with neighbors, the Canadian Jewish News reports.
Chartre and other Montreal residents attended a public city meeting to voice complaints while wearing small yellow badges on their chests, a public display that some say evoked Nazi imagery of the past.
During the World War II era the Nazi German government required Jewish individuals to wear a six-pointed yellow badge with the word “Jude”, with Nazi propaganda leaflets distributed to German citizens saying “whoever bears this sign is an enemy of our people,” according to the Holocaust Memorial Center.
The protest group in Montreal claim there is no connection between their choice of wearing yellow badges and the that of the historic yellow badges used by the Nazi’s prior to the horrors of the Holocaust.
“[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.”
“We’ll march down the street wearing them, banging pots and pans if we have to,” she said. “We are living an injustice. We are being persecuted by them.”
(Written & Edited by Bart Charles Begley)