Prosecutor Anne Aube said Friday the torching of the United Talmud Torah school that destroyed 10,000 books was an act of revenge that attacked Canadian values as a whole, the Globe and Mail reported Saturday.
Sleiman El-Merhebi, 19, has pleaded guilty to setting the April 5 fire in response to Israel's slaying of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin.
"This case is an act of terrorism, an isolated act of terrorism that doesn't come from a terrorist organization, but terrorism nonetheless," Aube told Quebec Court Judge Jean Sirois.
Pierre Poupart, the defendant's attorney, argued the first-time offender should serve his sentence in the community, but the prosecution called for two years in the federal penitentiary.
Aube said El-Merhebi's action was not a teen-age prank, but a premeditated attack he planned for days and even worked out an alibi.
Police concluded El-Merhebi was not linked to any groups, but did not work alone.