This is not Canada, what happened in Edmonton," Martin said. "Let us understand that. We will condemn it with every fibre of our being."
The prime minister said anti-Semitism has no place in Canada, and added that the nation stands for the same values as the eight-day Jewish festival.
"What Hanukkah represents is the continual struggle of the Jewish people to practice their religion freely, and what the light of the menorah stands for is the very light of freedom. For people of all faiths, this is what Canada represents."
I wish that I could believe that his outrage were genuine. I can't help but think that he had to run it by David Herle and Scott Reid to make sure that his apology didn't offend the Muslim vote--this candidate in particular.
This isn't a facetious concern, either. As the Muslim population grows in Canada and becomes more radicalized, anti-Semitism is going to pass from the periphery to the centre of Canadian political discourse.
The next time something like this happens, expect political leaders to start qualifying their remarks with expressions of concern for the Palestinian plight and a hundred other supposed sins by Israel against the Muslim world.
ADDENDUM: This isn't the first time Edmonton synagogues have been attacked. Two of them were firebombed in 2000 by a Palestinian immigrant. But back then, most people weren't thinking about worldwide jihad.