This week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy | May 14, 2023
Last week, we prayed for the safety of all Israelis as missiles launched from Gaza rain down on civilians across the country.
Read on to learn more.
The CIJA Team
Once again, in times of conflict, we see that Israel targets terror while Palestinian Islamic Jihad commits double war crimes by hiding behind Palestinian civilian infrastructure and indiscriminately firing at innocent Israelis.
Last week, more than 1000 missiles were launched into Israel from Gaza. Israelis in central and southern Israel, including areas around Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, spent the week running to bomb shelters, and several houses and civilian structures suffered direct hits. In Israel, two civilians were killed, and 69 Israelis were wounded.
These attacks follow a barrage in late April of 100 missiles fired at civilians by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a Canadian-listed terror entity that the Government of Canada describes as “one of the most violent Palestinian terrorist groups.” Israel responded by launching “Operation Shield and Arrow,” which targeted three senior members of the PIJ, including a commander responsible for missiles fired at Israeli civilians and for planning an immediate future attack on Israelis and one of the most senior members of PIJ who coordinated weapons and money transfers between Hamas and PIJ.
An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on late Saturday seems to be holding.
For more updates as information becomes available, please go to CIJA’s Twitter account.
On June 26, from a pool of 60 candidates, Torontonians will choose their next mayor.
From safety and security to housing affordability and food insecurity, the Jewish community’s priorities are as diverse as our members. It is important that our community engage with candidates so they can hear – directly from you – about the issues that matter most to you.
Leading mayoral candidates have been invited to UJA’s Walk with Israel on Monday, May 22. We invite you to come meet those running for mayor and share what is top of mind for you this election season. Join us at CIJA’s registration table at Earl Bales Park at 9:30 a.m. – before the walk gets underway – for a chance to ‘Meet Your Next Mayor.’
What is the number-one priority you want candidates to address? If you could ask candidates one question, what would it be? Let us know what matters most to you in choosing your next mayor.
What is the single-most important challenge we confront today?
Whatever we call it, we must take a stand. We must show that enough is enough.
It’s time to face it, and it’s time to fight it. Learn more at www.fightit.ca
CIJA in the News
- Ontario expands grant program for protection from hate crimes (The Toronto Star)
- Toronto Today with Greg Brady – Interview with Howard Eisenberg, President Hamilton Jewish Federation (26:40-35:46) (640AM Global News Toronto)
- Le CRIF et le CIJA appellent à l’extradition d’Hassan Diab (Times of Israel)
- ‘Don’t push us’: Meetings with MPs on Israel-Palestine disappoint church leaders (Anglican Journal)
- Newfoundland and Labrador is now the 7th province to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism: Does it matter? (The CJN)
- Newfoundland and Labrador adopt IHRA antisemitism definition (Israel National News)
- The Herle Burly – Interview with Shimon Koffler Fogel (Air Quotes Media)
May 25-27 | Shavuot
October 16-17 | Antisemitism: Face It, Fight It
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