Ginette Chartre, a citizen of Outremont borough in Montreal, along with other citizens, have sparked outrage by wearing yellow badges to protest the use of school buses by the local Jewish community.
However, Chartre said that she had been made the real victim herself, adding that she wouldn't stop wearing the badge.
"We are living an injustice. We are being persecuted by them," Chartre said.
Outremont's Hasidic Jewish community has been using school buses to move around the neighborhood. Chartre and other citizens claim that the vehicles block the streets, causing inconvenience, especially in summer and what she called odd hours during the day and evening.
The incident has provoked criticism, not only from the part of the Hasidic Jewish community. Thus, according to Outremont Councilor Fanny Magini, she and her colleagues were shocked when they saw people entering the room with yellow badges.
NCCM is appalled by the wearing of yellow badges by protesters at a MTL borough council meeting against school buses used by the Jewish community. Such stigmatization has no place in our communities. @CIJAinfo @BernieFarber #stopthehate #outremont https://t.co/5A2nBS55La— NCCM (@nccm) 7 марта 2018 г.
Outremont resident Jennifer Dorner said that her Hasidic friend began to cry after she saw the yellow rectangles, as they "triggered an intense wave of emotion for her."
antisemitism //— stupid on main (@lesbianeeyore) 7 марта 2018 г.
also i just. was at the holocaust museum literally 20 minutes away from outremont a week ago staring at their collection of actual yellow badges from camps and its absolutely insane how far people will go to deny the trauma jewish people have gone through
Rabbi of an Orthodox Jewish congregation in Montreal Reuben Poupko said the people should "embrace tactics that engender communication and dialogue," if they were truly concerned about solving municipal issues.
"And certainly, some of the tactics employed (Monday night) were not designed to enhance the possibility of resolution but were designed to be provocative," he said.
It takes a ridiculous amount of obliviousness and privileged navel gazing to use symbolic yellow badges and terms like "persecuted" when taking on Jewish folks. We need to do a better job of teaching history in Quebec. #mtl #outremont https://t.co/ghyUpRB23l— Toula Drimonis (@ToulasTake) 7 марта 2018 г.
At the same time, Chartre noted that the yellow badges were just about the color of school buses and had nothing to do with the Holocaust.
"Should we change the colour of school buses now because it reminds (Jews) of their past?" she said. "What about the yellow street markers on the roads? If we wore a yellow hat, would that be better?"
The incident with the badges is not the first dispute between the local Jewish community and Chartre, supported by a handful of other citizens.
Back in 2016, citizens voted against allowing Hasidic Jews to open more synagogues on the main street in Outremont, in a move sparking accusations of anti-Semitism.