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Muslim woman punched, spit on in London, Ontario grocery store
This is the fourth reported event against visible minorities in the city in the past eight months

A Muslim woman shopping with her four-month-old son was attacked in a London, Ont., supermarket Monday, according to police.

The woman was at the Superking Supermarket at 785 Wonderland Rd. S. at approximately 5 p.m. when another woman approached her and began yelling at her for no apparent reason.

The woman, unknown to the shopper, spit on the victim, punched her several times and grabbed her hair before finally grabbing and attempting to remove the victim’s hijab.

The suspect then left the store.

Police are looking for a woman standing five feet five inches and weighing 150 pounds. She is about 40 years old with a medium build, long black hair pulled back in a ponytail. She was wearing a red Canada T-shirt and black pants and was carrying a green purse.

The suspect spoke with a heavy accent but police are unsure which language she was speaking.

The victim sustained minor injuries.

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Holocaust-denying article sparks outrage in Jewish community
Ontario Deputy Premier Deb Mathews condemns article and the government will stop buying ads in magazine

Canadian Jewish organizations are outraged after a London, Ontario magazine published an anti-Semitic editorial that tries to justify the Holocaust.

Al Saraha, a monthly magazine printed in Arabic and widely distributed around the city, recently printed an article with the headline “The Question Which Everyone Ignores: Why Did Hitler Kill the Jews?”

The article claims the number of people killed in the holocaust is grossly overestimated and it outlines the author’s theories about why the atrocities were justified.

Angry reaction came from across the province Thursday, including from Ontario Deputy Premier Deb Matthews.

“I want to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the statements in the Al-Saraha article,” she said. “Statements like these, filled with hatred, prejudice and lies, have no place in our society.”

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An Ontario Priest May Have Gambled Away $500,000 in Refugee Donations
The sponsorship program was not a part of the church and a Catholic official says he wasn't aware of the missing money until it was too late.

A priest from London, Ontario is being investigated for allegedly gambling away $500,000 in donations for refugees.

Father Amer Saka, a former priest of St. Joseph’s Chaldean Catholic Church, is allegedly under investigation by London police after he told his bishop he had spent half a million dollars in money meant for refugee families who were part of a private sponsorship program.

Reverend Emanuel Shaleta, who became head of Canada’s Chaldean eparchy last year, told VICE that Saka confessed to him over a phone call in February that he no longer had the money. That call happened after a woman who was involved with the sponsorship program asked Shaleta about it. Confused, Shaleta pressed Saka and found out he had been secretly accepting funds for refugee families for approximately three years.

“He was supposed to let me know as a new bishop [that he was personally collecting money]. He did not tell me. I asked him, ‘Are you participating in the program?’ He said, 'No.’ I told him I need to know everything,” Shaleta told VICE.

“He told me he gambled the money away, but I don’t know if that’s true. How can I believe him?”

The money that Saka allegedly lost was intended for both refugee families that have already arrived in Canada and those yet to come. Through the program, average sponsorship costs about $6,000 a person or $20,000 for a family of four. It’s unclear exactly where the refugees Saka was involved with were coming from, but Shaleta says Saka dealt mainly with Iraqi and Syrian refugees.

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Priest charged with stealing $500K meant to bring refugees to Canada
Police began investigating in February, and laid the charges on Wednesday

London police have charged a priest with defrauding more than $500,000 intended to sponsor Syrian refugees coming to Hamilton.

Amer Saka of London, a 51-year-old Chaldean priest, is charged with fraud exceeding $5,000 and possessing proceeds of crime. The investigation started in February.

Police allege Saka got money from more than 20 victims who thought they were sponsoring refugee families.

Saka is a priest at St. Joseph’s Chaldean Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton said in March that it worried the money was gambled from a reserve for a private sponsorship program that has already brought 11 refugees to the city. It was supposed to help settle as many as 40 more.

$500K for Hamilton refugees missing, Catholic priest under investigation

Saka had been involved in the refugee sponsorship program for about eight years, privately sponsoring Iraqi refugees. The diocese has already suspended him.

Police laid the charges on Wednesday. It spanned throughout Ontario and the U.S., and other countries where refugees were attempting to come to Canada, police said in a statement on Thursday.

Otherwise, Const. Sandasha Bough wouldn’t elaborate on the location of the victims. “We’re not saying specifically what areas the victims are from.”

Anyone who has had dealings with Saka should contact London Police Service at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.