A diverse group of Jewish Canadian women are currently occupying the Israeli consulate at 180 Bloor Street West in Toronto. This action is in protest against the on-going Israeli assault on the people of Gaza.
Protesters are outraged at Israel’s latest assault on the Palestinian people and by the Canadian government’s refusal to condemn these massacres. They are deeply concerned that Canadians are hearing the views of pro-Israel groups who are being represented as the only voice of Jewish Canadians. The protesters have occupied the consulate to send a clear statement that many Jewish-Canadians do not support Israel’s violence and apartheid policies. They are joining with people of conscience all across the world who are demanding an end to Israeli aggression and justice for the Palestinian people.
From earlier today:
Toronto police have arrested eight Canadian Jewish women who occupied the Israeli consulate on Bloor Street.
And later today:
Eight Jewish Canadian women who were arrested while holding a protest inside the Israeli consulate have been released.
“Israel purports to represent all Jews worldwide and these atrocities are not being committed in our name,” said spokesperson and filmmaker Cathy Gulkin, standing outside of the consulate.
Gulkin said the women entered the secure consulate on the seventh floor of the building two by two around 10 a.m. She said the point of the protest was to draw attention to the fact that not all members of Toronto’s Jewish community support the agenda of the Israeli government.
“There are Jews that do not follow the Israeli line and are sickened by what is happening in Gaza.”
Outside of the consulate a group of more than thirty supporters carried signs saying “People of Gaza you are not alone” and “Toronto Coalition to stop the war.” They shouted slogans “No justice, no peace,” “Jewish women not in our name” and “Stop the violence.”
As far as we can tell, Israeli consulate spokesperson Edward McCloskey declined to comment on the incident.
Meanwhile, the vigil at the Israeli consulate in Istanbul continues.
– h/t to AW