On Sunday, November 12, video footage was posted on social media showing a group of anti-Israel protestors rushing towards the car of MP Ziad Aboultaif as he attempted to leave an event in Edmonton. The demonstrators were shouting at him to “end the genocide” due to his support for Israel’s war against Hamas, which had taken over 230 hostages since the October 7 massacre. The tense scene depicted in the video shows the supporters surrounding the MP’s car and yelling slogans while he was inside. Many of the protestors were hiding their faces to avoid identification.
The video garnered attention and criticism from Conservative leader, Pierre Poilievre, who denounced the protests as “hateful” and expressed concern over the clear and open antisemitism being promoted by those participating in these demonstrations. These incidents are particularly alarming given that from November 13 to 19, MPs will be in their home ridings, making them more vulnerable to such disruptions from anti-Israel activists.
Anti-Israel sentiments have also been on display in London, England, as massive Hamas supporter rallies have taken place. Rebel News has sent correspondent Alexa Lavoie to report on the situation, and while interviewing a participant in one of the rallies, the man made a shocking statement, saying, “Hitler knew how to deal with these people,” in reference to the Jewish community. These instances highlight the rising levels of antisemitism globally.
In addition to the public confrontations, there have been troubling incidents of violence directed at the Jewish community. On the same day as the confrontations in Canada, a Jewish school was targeted by gunfire for the third time in a series of escalating antisemitic attacks. These developments are deeply concerning and serve as a clear indication of the need to address and combat antisemitism in an effective manner.
In response to the disturbing incidents and rising antisemitism, there has been a call for action to hold those supporting terrorist organizations in Canada accountable. An online petition has been created urging consequences for individuals, such as international students or permanent residents, who are found to be supporting such organizations on Canadian soil. The sentiment is clear – there is a need for collective action to address these troubling trends and protect the rights and safety of all individuals within the country.
In conclusion, the recent incidents of public confrontations, violent attacks, and rising antisemitism in Canada and internationally are deeply troubling. It is imperative for authorities, community leaders, and citizens to come together to address these challenges and work towards fostering a society that is inclusive, respectful, and free from hate and discrimination. The need for meaningful action to address these issues is apparent, and it is crucial for collective efforts to be made in order to combat antisemitism and ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals.