Thursday, January 8, 2009

Toronto: Some Jews Protest Israeli Incursion in Gaza

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In protest to the Israeli invasion of Gaza Strip, eight Jewish Canadian women staged a protest sit-in inside the Israeli consulate on Bloor Street in Toronto yesterday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested and handcuffed the women and took them away from the consulate and released them later, reports The Toronto Star.

Outside the consulate there were a larger group of protesters among whom were Israeli peace activists, filmmakers, and students. University professor, journalist and political activist Judy Rebick was one of the eight women sit-inners. " We call on all Jews to speak out against this massacre and demand that Israel stop the bombing, pull out of Gaza and make a just peace with the Palestinians," she said. She also mentioned that Jewish Canadian women were outraged and they wanted to distance their religion from Israel's actions.

"There are many Jews here in Canada, in the United States, in Europe, in Israel who are ashamed, who do not want this massacre to take place in our time," Rebick said. Among the protesters outside the consulate was filmmaker Cathy Gulkin, who said: "There are Jews that do not follow the Israeli line and are sickened by what is happening in Gaza." Bookmark and Share