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Following Vancouver’s small turnout for the first in a series of “Day of Rage” protests, Toronto and other Canadian cities took their turn in bashing the Jewish homeland under the guise of ‘No to Annexation’. On June 28, Montreal held a large protest in which 300 anti-Israel activists called for the defunding of Israel by the Trudeau government. This protest was followed by similar calls for the Trudeau government to oppose Netanyahu’s plan to declare sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria including the Jordan Valley.

From Mississauga to St. John’s and from Halifax to Hamilton, anti-Israel outrage in Canada is at an all time high, augmented by allegiances with other progressive left and social justice movements. This was evident in the GTA where multiple demonstrations were planned. On July 1st in Toronto, 150 protestors chanted “Viva Viva Intifada! Viva Viva Palestina!” calling for the destruction of Israel. On July 4th, a speaker from the Toronto Prisoners Rights Project told a gathering of over 200 that Gaza was “the largest open air prison in the world” and that the abolition movement is being inspired by Palestinian resistance. Another speaker from Maysam Campuses for Palestine linked the oppression of Palestinians with Black, Indigenous, and Tamil people.

While Timaji Gerad, a poet and community activist, fired up the anti-Israel crowd that took over Yonge and Bloor, Moe Alqasem, a member of  Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University told the gathering that “as Israel entrenches its apartheid over Palestine, all Palestinians and their allies must be united in the call to boycotts, divestments and sanctions”. Black allies of the pro-Palestinian camp spoke of how “the Black and Palestinian struggles for freedom stand together against structural racism”. During the event, the crowd chanted “Free Free Palestine”, “End the Occupation” and “Viva Viva Intifada, Viva Viva Palestina!”

The Toronto event was organized by Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) which advertised the event on Facebook:

 “WE ARE OUTRAGED AT ZIONIST COLONIAL EXPANSION AND VIOLENCE. WE HAVE NO TRUST IN THE SETTLER-COLONIAL STATES OF CANADA AND THE U.S. TO BE THE “HONEST BROKERS” OF PEACE. WE MUST TAKE LEADERSHIP IN OUR NATIONAL LIBERATION. WE WILL RETURN.”

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Across North America, marches and caravans were held in the past week, ranging from 1000 in New York City, a raucous crowd chanting pro-Hamas rhetoric in Boston, to a small turnout in Chicago. In Seattle the small protest was held concurrent with a Black Lives Matter march. The caravan in San Diego specifically targeted buildings housing organizations such as Hillel, Friends of the IDF, Birthright, and Hadassah. There was a reported altercation in Houston on June 30th.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles on July 4th, the loud protest outside the Israeli Consulate, which included a sign “Israeli manslaughter are the Holocaust”, was met by a counter-protest from Yad Yamin and members of the student activist Club Z, holding signs decrying slavery in the Arab world and “Never Again Means Never Again.”

Naya Lekht, director of education at pro-Israel teen group Club Z, displays an Israeli and U.S. flag while standing outside the Israeli consulate on Wednesday. Photo by Ryan Torok

The US rallies are organized by al Awda, which supports BDS, equates Judaism with Nazism and calls for the abolition of  the Jewish state.

“Al-Awda and other hate groups that organized these rallies are dedicated to ending Israel’s existence and promoting antisemitic propaganda,” said Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs. “While there is nothing wrong with having an open and vigorous debate about Israeli policies, that is not what these events are really about. We are answering hate with a message highlighting the urgent need for Palestinian leaders to choose peace negotiations over hatred and violence.”

In 6 US cities StandWithUs worked with the Iranian American Jewish Federation (IAJF) to counter the pro-Palestinian vitriol at street level. However, there was no organized effort by Jewish institutions in Canada to present any kind of response to the demonization of Israel and Zionists. TheJ.ca was unable to locate a single statement to the media – made by Jewish leadership – to address the fears of the Jews of Toronto, already the most antisemitic city in Canada, that the protests were fanning the flames. Not even the most basic line in the sand, that blaming Jews outside of Israel for what the Netanyahu government does is an antisemitic attack as defined by the IHRA, was drawn.

Increasingly the narrative at the protests focused not only on the question of the legal status of applying Israeli law to the disputed areas, but to linking Israel to police practices that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and more generally the support of democratic nations for the Jewish state to have secure borders.

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Thank you for choosing TheJ.Ca as your source for Canadian Jewish News.

We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your HELP!

Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

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