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Unleashing Chaos: Anti-Israel Protests Turn Violent In Canada

A series of disturbing incidents reflect rising tensions and anti-Semitic sentiments

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A Chapters/Indigo store defaced in Toronto, with its Jewish owner accused of “funding genocide” and her photo covered in fake blood. The police have arrested eleven perpetrators and charged them with alleged hate-motivated mischief. (Photo: Supplied)

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On October 7, we saw what Hamas means by the slogan “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” They mean Jew-free. And we saw Hamas’s homicidal glee, because they recorded the exaltation with which they murdered and tortured (here, for example). In Canada, some celebrated these atrocities, literally dancing in the streets (here). Not to mention the demonstrations in support of Hamas in all major Canadian cities and the statements of support from CUPE, student unions, and professors (here, for example). 

Protesters continue to gather in their thousands, inspired by Hamas, chanting for Israel to be replaced by a Palestinian state, “from the river to the sea.” As for the seven million Jews already living in that bit of real estate, we know what Hamas would like – to kill them all. Their supporters either agree or don’t much care, but they know what the chant means.

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In Canada, we’ve also seen:

A Chapters/Indigo store defaced in Toronto, with its Jewish owner accused of “funding genocide” and her photo covered in fake blood. The police have arrested eleven perpetrators and charged them with alleged hate-motivated mischief (here). 

Weirdly but not surpassingly, the people arrested for defacing Jewish business see themselves as social justice activists and anti-racists – some of them actually teach antiracism. But it’s been evident for some time that woke ideology is deeply antisemitic, and it dominates out universities.

A 20-year-old and two teens arrested for allegedly making threats against kids at a North York Jewish high school (here), while at public schools, Jewish kids are being bullied (here).

Landwer and Aroma cafes in Toronto swarmed by protesters, with customers intimidated and staff threatened (here and here).

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A Starbucks in Toronto also targeted for graffiti, not that Starbucks has anything to do with Israel; it’s crime was being in a Jewish neighbourhood (here). 

A middle-aged woman allegedly punched out by “pro-Palestinian” protesters in Toronto because she dared to hold a sign calling for the return of a kidnapped Israeli (here).

A man putting up posters of kidnapped Israelis in North York allegedly assaulted by another man who started ripping down the posters (here).

Thousands of such posters showing the photos of murdered or kidnapped Israelis being ripped down almost as fast as we can put them up, because Jew-haters will not allow that Jews can be victims, only perpetrators (here, here, here, …)  

Jewish businesses vandalized in Montreal, with graffiti scrawled on windows,  swastikas and “F*ck the Jews” written on a menu, and a food truck’s windshields smashed (here).

Molotov cocktails hurled at a synagogue and at a Jewish community centre in Montreal (here).

And gunshots fired at Montreal Jewish schools – at one of them, the haters returned to do it again a couple nights later (here).

A Starbucks in Toronto also targeted for graffiti, not that Starbucks has anything to do with Israel; it’s crime was being in a Jewish neighbourhood. (Photo: Supplied)

In my neighbourhood – a Jewish neighbourhood – we have a mobile police command van parked at the corner and lots police around, just in case. But what I’d really like is to see the police enforce the law. When these protesters disrupt traffic, close down Union Station, swarm the lobby of Scotiabank, block the entrance to a business or harass staff or customers, and generally get in the way of people going about their business, arrest them!

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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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.

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