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In an interview, Ghada Sasa claimed that Hamas was not trying to kill any civilians – that it was the Israeli army that murdered all those kids at the music festival in southern Israel. (Photo: Supplied)

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On Saturday, Oct 21, thousands of pro-Hamas protesters harassed diners at Café Landwer, a Jewish-owned, Israel-based restaurant with a few locations in Toronto. They banged on the windows and chanted, “Boycott! Boycott!” The Landwers are familiar with this sort of intimidation and with calls for an anti-Jewish boycott, having been chased out of Germany by the Nazis in the 1930s. [More here.]

They also harassed patrons of the Aroma, a Jewish-owned, Israel-based coffee chain, near the CN Tower. Protesters shouted “Shame!” at those inside the café before employees locked the doors.

In a separate protest, the absurdly named Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East [CJPME] brought their pro-terrorism message to a Jewish community centre in downtown Toronto which hosts a daycare centre and a kindergarten. They terrorized the kids. 

The woman in the photo above with a megaphone is Ghada Sasa, a board member of the CJPME. In an interview, she claims that Hamas was not trying to kill any civilians – that it was the Israeli army that murdered all those kids at the music festival in southern Israel [see here].

For confirmed Jew-haters, it’s not possible Jews can be the victim of evil; only perpetrators. That’s how we get Holocaust denial, and it’s how we’re instantly getting widespread denial of the atrocities committed by Hamas.

The media is inaccurately describing these protests we’re seeing across Canada as “pro-Palestinian,” as if all Palestinians support atrocities. 

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The Café Landwer protest was organized by Toronto4Palestine. In a post on the group’s Instagram page advertising its first rally on the day after the October 7 slaughter of 1,400 Israeli men women, and infants, the mass raping of women, and the kidnapping of more than 200 innocent people, Toronto4Palestine asked attendees to bring their flags and said, “Let’s celebrate.” 

They also noted that some people might give out sweets, as Hamas does in Gaza whenever they succeed in killing a Jew. 

Similarly, the Palestinian Youth Movement {PYM} has been active in organizing rallies across Canada. The advertisement for their first pro-Hamas rally in Toronto read:

An unprecedented series of events has taken place by our heroic resistance in Gaza – with over 30 Zionist hostages captured.… The resistance’s offensive attack has shaped a new precedent for our national liberation struggle and we remain steadfast in our right to resist by any means necessary. We call on our people in the far diaspora in Toronto to uplift and honour our resistance and our martyrs. Join us this Monday, October 9 at 2 pm at Nathan Phillips Square and celebrate!

For the PYM, every inch of Israel is occupied; “settlements” means every town, city and kibbutz in Israel; and “free Palestine,” means wipe  Israel off the map, as Yara Shoufani, one of the leaders of PYM sakes utterly clear here

The PYM is closely aligned with the grown-up group Samidoun, recognized by Germany and Israel as a terrorist group, and which also is organizing pro-Hamas demonstrations across the country. 

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Samidoun in turn is very closely aligned with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which everybody recognizes as a terrorist group. [More here.]

In recent years, the Palestinian Youth Movement has been active in Canadian high schools, promoting their program to “free Palestine from the river to the sea” and wipe Israel off the map. [See here.] As for what they intend for Israelis, who occupy that land between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, October 7 has erased any doubts.

The campaign to boycott Israelis has always been nothing but the less obviously brutal face of the terrorism campaign. I first reported Canadian boycotters coordinating with terrorist groups some 16 years ago. [See here.] But previously, the affinity of Israel-boycotter and terrorists may not have been clear to most people. If it’s not now, God help us.

What would be wonderful would be for our fellow Canadians to show they’re with us. For non-Jews to wear IDF hoodies and for all Canadians to say, Am Yisrael Chai – the people of Israel lives. (Photo: Supplied)

Besides our direct support to Israeli charities, we can also support Israel by going out of our way to buy from companies targeted by the boycotters. Two years ago, TheJ published “Eating gelato for Israel – a buy-cott tour of Toronto,” about how to counter the boycott campaign by buying from Israeli-related businesses, including Café Landwer and Aroma. Since October 7, it’s become more relevant than ever. See here.

There are other ways of showing support. Since October 7, I’ve taken to wearing my Israel Defence Forces hoodie pretty much all the time. Wars are ugly and horrific, but for Israelis to ever sleep again, Hamas must be eradicated, and I don’t know of a better way, day to day, to show I’m behind Israel in this war than to wear my IDF hoodie.

Some people, though, are afraid. My next door neighbour says she’s not wearing her Star of David anymore. I don’t blame her. In Canada and in the world, Jews are a tiny minority. What would be wonderful would be for our fellow Canadians to show they’re with us. For non-Jews to wear IDF hoodies, to hang Israeli flags on their houses, to wear a Star of David or a Chai – for all Canadians to say, Am Yisrael Chai – the people of Israel lives.

P.S. If you’re looking for an IDF hoodie, check out the Judaica webstore here.

Brian Henry is a writer, editor, creative writing instructor, and publisher of the Quick Brown Fox blog. He’s written opinion pieces for the National Post and the Toronto Star. He was also a regular contributor to the (now defunct) Jewish Tribune and the Engage and Harry’s Place websites in the UK.

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