Jewish women sitting in for peace at the Israeli consulate in Toronto. Photo by Judy Rebick, Rabble.caIf it were, why would Jewish Canadian women do it?
Here’s a link to the group’s most recent press release, at Sources.com. Here’s an excerpt:
Toronto police have been called in to remove a group of Jewish Canadian women who occupied the Israeli consulate at 180 Bloor Street on Wednesday. The group is protesting the Israeli assault on Gaza and calling for an end to what they say is an 18-month long siege that has prevented the flow of humanitarian aid.“(They are) carrying out this occupation in solidarity with the 1.5 million people of Gaza and to ensure that Jewish voices against the massacre in Gaza are being heard,” the group, Jewish Women For Gaza, stated in a release.
Judy Rebick is a well known name up here in Canada, as a feminist primarily; she used to be president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. She’s now a social justice activist, founder of the popular progressive news forum Rabble.ca, and oh yeah, she’s also a prof at the same university where I studied journalism–Ryerson, in Toronto. Judith Deutsch is also an illustrious and prominent Canadian, as a scientist and peace activist.And of course, we know how Chavecito and Evo feel about this war. Looks like they’re in good company. Excellent company, in fact. I’m not Jewish (Wiccan here!), but if I could join this sit-in, I’d do it proudly. In a vicarious sense, by following news like this (very underreported, so’s you know), I am.
The group is carrying out this occupation in solidarity with the 1.5 million people of Gaza and to ensure that Jewish voices against the massacre in Gaza are being heard. They are demanding that Israel end its military assault and lift the 18-month siege on the Gaza Strip to allow humanitarian aid into the territory.Israel has been carrying out a full-scale military assault on the Gaza Strip since December 27, 2008. At least 660 people have been killed and 3000 injured in the air strikes and in the ground invasion that began on January 3, 2009. Israel has ignored international calls for a ceasefire and is refusing to allow food, adequate medical supplies and other necessities of life into the Gaza Strip.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.The group includes: Judy Rebick, professor; Judith Deutsch, psychoanalyst and president of Science for Peace; B.H. Yael, filmmaker; Smadar Carmon, an Canadian Israeli peace activist and others.