by Alan Simons
This past week pro-Israel demonstrations and rallies have taken place in many centres, far too many to name here. From Japan to the Philippines to South Africa; from Finland to Hungary; from Peru to Chile; Mexico to Brazil, ordinary people, Christians, Jews, Sikhs and yes, some Muslims, have come out to give their support.
In Sydney, Australia, Jewish population approximately 40,000, over 10,000 people demonstrated, compared to a measly 1,500 in Toronto, Canada which has a Jewish population of some 185,000 people. The Toronto event was organised by an ad-hoc committee. An ad-hoc committee?
And in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, with more than 14,000 Jews, no more than 200 people turned up. That compares miserably to the 1,000 people who demonstrated in Helsinki, Finland. In total, there are only 1,000 Jews living in Finland! Calgary, Alberta did better than Ottawa. Approximately 500 people attended. Eight thousand Jews live in Calgary.
Why is it that Canadian Jews are more than willing to donate money to Israel, but unlike other Jews living in places where antisemitism and violence are more of an issue, Canadian Jews prefer to attend rallies sheltered from public view in their synagogues rather than voice their support in public open air locations?
Canada’s Jewish community seems to live in a state of seclusion. Perhaps someone can explain the reason to me.
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Thank God there’s an Israel!
بفضل الله، هناك إسرائيل
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