Canwest News Service, Thursday, January 8, 2009
Canadian Jews condemn Gaza attack
Jordana Huber, Canwest News Service
TORONTO - Physicist Ursula Franklin and pianist Anton
Kuerti were among a group of Jewish Canadians speaking
out against Israel Thursday morning.
The group said the bombing of the Palestinian
population in Gaza was a "horrendous" assault and they
called for an immediate ceasefire and a lifting of the
blockade of Gaza.
"Israel's behaviour makes me ashamed of being a Jew
and Canada's servile support of the United States'
position that it is all Hamas's fault makes me ashamed
of being a Canadian," Kuerti said.
Franklin said Israel's actions were a "betrayal" of a
generation that attempted to learn from the consequences
of the Holocaust.
"Never again didn't mean no Jews should ever be in a
concentration camp. The never again meant no human being
should ever be again in a position that power can
determine their lives and there are some people who do
not matter," she said.
Also on Thursday morning, police in Montreal removed
about 15 anti-Israel protesters from outside the Israeli
consulate in Westmount Square.
Mostafa Henaway, a spokesman for the group Tadamon!,
said the protesters were occupying the office to protest
Israel's military actions in Gaza.
On Thursday night, rallies in support of Israel are
being planned for Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver,
Ottawa and Montreal.
"We're expecting about 4,000 people in Toronto," said
organizer Sally Szuster. "This is a rally in solidarity
for the people of Israel who are being hit by these
Judith Deutsch, the president of the group Science
for Peace said people opposed to Israel's actions will
also gather Thursday night outside the synagogue where
Toronto's Jewish community is planning a rally.
A candle light vigil to "denounce the latest Israeli
crimes and to demand that the Harper government end
their unconditional support for Israel," is also being
planned in Mississauga by Palestine House.
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