Dozens of supporters of Hamas, a Palestinian fundamentalist Islamic terrorist group, gathered late at night in a Mississauga plaza to express their support for the recent attacks on Israelis. The attacks, which began on Saturday morning, have resulted in over 600 casualties, leading some to compare it to “Israel’s 9/11.”
Videos and photos taken at the scene show a diverse crowd of all ages, dancing, cheering, and honking their horns, while waving Palestinian flags. One video, originally posted by @UsamaFarrukhCA and later deleted, captured a truck filled with young men cheering and waving flags in support of the terrorist attack. The plaza parking lot at the intersection of Ridgeway Dr and Eglinton Avenue was filled with supporters chanting and celebrating the violence.
The celebrations continued throughout the night, with supporters driving around the parking lot, honking their horns and revving their engines. One truck stood out, with a dozen young men in the back holding Palestinian flags, energizing the crowd as they circled around. Some individuals shouted “Allahu Akbar” from their vehicles, expressing their support for the attacks.
Local authorities were present to maintain peace and order. A police SUV blockade was set up at one of the entrances to the plaza, and several police cars were on standby. Despite the presence of law enforcement, the atmosphere remained lively and festive throughout the night.
The incident has sparked controversy, particularly due to the location of the celebration. Mississauga is home to two prominent Liberal Members of Parliament (MPs) who have faced criticism for their alleged anti-Semitic views in the past. Former Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, tweeted about his anxiety regarding the situation in the Middle East before deleting the post in response to backlash. Iqra Khalid, the MP representing the area where the celebration took place, issued a statement referring to the attacks as part of a “cycle of violence” and drawing a moral equivalence between the terrorist attacks on Israel and the Israeli response in Gaza. Khalid’s statement has been widely criticized for failing to condemn the violence and for its perceived lack of empathy towards the victims.
Social media users, including journalist Joe Warmington and Rebel News publisher Ezra Levant, expressed their outrage towards the MPs. Warmington called Khalid a disgrace, accusing her of not condemning Hamas and the violence against Jewish Israelis. Levant suggested that Alghabra and Khalid’s support for Hamas may be influenced by their desire to appeal to a specific voter base.
To voice opposition to the unprovoked attacks on Israeli citizens, Rebel News has launched a petition titled “Canada Stands With Israel” and encourages individuals to sign it on their website. Further developments on this story can be found at CanadaStandsWithIsrael.com.
In conclusion, the gathering of Hamas supporters in Mississauga, Ontario, to celebrate the recent attacks on Israelis has sparked controversy and raised concerns about the views of certain Canadian MPs. The celebration, captured in videos and photos, has been met with criticism for its perceived lack of condemnation of the violence and its implications for the diplomatic relationship between Canada and Israel.