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Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in peace, security, and dignity. 

Jewish Canadians are heartbroken to see the death and destruction on both sides. 

In the last week, Islamist terrorist groups such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have fired thousands of missiles at Israel. In so doing, they have committed double war-crimes. They use their own people as human shields and fire missiles from densely populated areas into densely populated areas with objective of shedding blood on both sides.  

This must stop. You can help.

Urge Canada to dispense with the moral equivalency between indiscriminate, murderous missile fire and domestic disputes within Israel that are being adjudicated by the courts. No grievance or dispute justifies the systematic targeting of civilians with deadly force.  Contributing to this moral equivalency emboldens terrorists and costs lives.  

Understanding The Conflict

The root cause of the conflict is and has always been the rejection of a Jewish State by Palestinian leadership, and that rejection is animated by murderous antisemitism. 

Since 2000, Israel has presented 3 serious peace proposals. All have been rejected without counteroffer. Palestinian leaders are failing the Palestinian people. 

The current violence is fueled by lies and misinformation.  

Media and policymakers have an obligation to look at the facts and stop drawing a moral equivalency between terrorist organizations like Islamic Jihad and a democracy like Israel. 

A Timeline of Events in Israel

April 15

Wave of Tik-Tok Violence Raises Tensions in Jerusalem.

A TikTok video of a Palestinian teen slapping an ultra-orthodox kid on the Jerusalem light-rail went viral, leading to a week of copy-cat incidents and a general sense of outrage in Israel. The next week, a far-right Jewish group Lehava capitalized on this rage and organized a march to “restore Jewish dignity” in the city.

April 29

Mahmoud Abbas delays elections, angering Hamas.

A Palestinian election was called for May 22, 2021, but was cancelled by Fatah. It is widely understood that Fatah feared an electoral victory for its bitter enemy Hamas. Hamas, in turn, sought an opportunity to demonstrate its political primacy with the Palestinian people and began inciting violence.

May 2-7

Hamas-inspired terror attacks.

A 19 year old Israeli was killed and two others wounded in a drive-by shooting attack. Incendiary balloon attacks from Gaza started multiple fires in Israeli farmlands. A multi-casualty shooting by two Palestinian gunmen was avoided thanks to a routine border police check.

May 7

Jerusalem clashes.

Israeli police were forced into armed confrontations with organized gangs of rioters who stockpiled weapons in the mosques on the Mount, and who attacked security forces, Jewish worshippers, and visitors to the Western Wall and surrounding areas.

May 9

Sheikh Jarrah case postponed.

Israel’s Supreme Court justices delayed a ruling on a case involving competing property claims between Palestinian tenants and a Jewish organization that is the legal owner of properties in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in Jerusalem. The neighbourhood, referred to as “Shimon HaTzadik” by its Jewish residents, is located just North of the Old City and holds religious and political significance for Palestinians and Jews. 

 

May 10

Hamas begins missile assault against Israel.

Hamas fired multiple barrages of rockets aimed at Jerusalem and other communities in Israel. One rocket directly hit a home in the greater Jerusalem area. Normal life has been suspended in Israel’s south, with the closure of schools and major transportation routes. Bomb shelters have been opened in multiple cities in Israel.

 

Myths and Facts

So much of the debate and discussion about the violence occurring right now is rooted in misinformation and lies.  

Learn the facts. Understand the timeline. Share the message.  

What We Believe

We believe Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in peace, security, and dignity.

Jewish Canadians are heartbroken to see the death and destruction on both sides.

We believe that Islamist terrorist groups such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad commit double war-crimes when they use their own people as human shields and fire missiles from densely populated areas into densely populated areas.

Israel has an obligation to defend its citizens from terror. Israelis are in an impossible situation most Canadians cannot fully appreciate. The Israel Defence Forces take extreme precautions to avoid civilian casualties. Terrorist groups celebrate deaths on both sides.

We believe in peace. The violence must stop.

Attacks by Jews on Arabs and attacks by Arabs on Jews in Israel are appalling and deeply troubling. We take some comfort that both Jewish and Arab leaders in Israel have uniformly condemned this violence. Conversely, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have celebrated it.

We believe the root cause of the conflict is and has always been the rejection of a Jewish State by Palestinian leadership, and that rejection is animated by antisemitism.

Israelis want peace. Since 2000, Israel has tabled 3 serious peace offers. All have been rejected without counteroffer. Palestinian leaders are failing the Palestinian people.

We believe that the current violence is fueled by lies and misinformation.

Media and policy makers have an obligation to look at the facts and stop drawing a moral equivalency between terrorist organizations like Islamic Jihad and a democracy like Israel.

We believe Canada must reject the moral equivalence between Islamist terrorist groups that indiscriminately fire missiles at civilians and a democracy like Israel.

You can help. Urge Canada to dispense with the moral equivalency between indiscriminate, murderous rocket fire and domestic disputes within Israel that are being adjudicated by the courts. Contributing to this moral equivalency emboldens terrorists and costs lives.

Get Informed

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