This week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy | October 15, 2023

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|October 15, 2023
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy

This week, we joined Canada’s Jewish community, Canadians generally, and all good citizens of the world in trying to comprehend the scale of death and destruction of Hamas’ barbaric, revolting, multi-pronged terror assault targeting innocent civilians – children, women, and men. It has broken our hearts and left each of us shocked and grieving for the lives lost. With many families shattered, the undeniable physical and mental trauma inflicted on our brothers and sisters across Israel has been made infinitely worse by the rallies in Canadian cities in support of Hamas’ deadly campaign of terror.

But our resolve to stand with the people of Israel, and to preserve and protect Jewish life in Canada, has only been strengthened. Tomorrow, almost 1,000 Canadians will be in Ottawa at Antisemitism: Face It, Fight It, learning from dozens of experts, thought leaders, and influencers from across the globe on how to become engaged activists in the fight against antisemitism.

In this tragic and terrifying time for the people of Israel, and for Jews in Canada and around the world, we will find strength in each other and draw upon our long record of survival against those who would see us vanquished. If you are joining us, we look forward to seeing you. If you were not able to sign up, we will be sharing the knowledge, skills, and resources that we gain in Ottawa in the weeks and months to come.

The CIJA Team  

Throughout these devastating few days, we have engaged with the political sector across Canada, activating our allies, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister Melanie Joly , Pierre Poilievre , Yves-Francois Blanchet, and Jagmeet Singh, to stand with Israel.

We have also engaged Canadian media to ensure the Canadian Jewish community’s perspective and concerns are included in their coverage. For this week’s CIJA in the News section, we have selected just a few of the approximately 1,300 articles in which CIJA was quoted.

Our security team has been assured by law enforcement across Canada that they’re monitoring the situation in Israel and its impact on local communities, including planned rallies and protests, and that they are in contact with Jewish institutions within their respective jurisdictions to determine what other security might be required.

In response to unprecedented acts of terror in Israel by the Iran-backed terrorist entity Hamas, CIJA, all Jewish federations across Canada, and Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, released a joint statement. You can read it here.

Solidarity events were held in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Hamilton, Windsor, and Halifax; and many municipalities across Canada, including Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, and Winnipeg, illuminated monuments in Israeli blue and white.

And as a founding member, we signed a joint statement from J7, The Large Communities’ Task Force Against Antisemitism. You can read it here

Throughout the week, we have been providing updates on social media to keep you aware of all the developments. We encourage you to share them widely.


If you would like to donate to support the people of Israel, please visit your local federation’s website. You will find a list of Canadian Jewish Federations here


In a Toronto Star opinion piece, Toronto lawyer Adam Hummel, a member of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps of the World Jewish Congress, and a former CIJA Board member and YLC chair, decried the despicable glorification and celebration by some Canadians of the atrocities inflicted by Hamas on the people of Israel.


In an opinion piece in the National Post, Noah Lew, special advisor to Irwin Cotler, a director of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, and a speaker at Antisemitism: Face It, Fight It, addressed the need for Canada to hold accountable all those who promote, justify, and celebrate the crimes against humanity being committed by Hamas in Israel.

CIJA in the News 

Ottawa’s national conference on antisemitism has a new focus after Hamas attacks in Israel (

Canadians share stories from overseas, fear for relatives after Hamas’s attack on Israel - The Globe and Mail

Nova Scotians scrambling to escape bloodshed in Israel after wedding | SaltWire

Israel news: B.C. man killed in Hamas attack on music festival | CTV News

MPP involved in Hamas-Israel comments controversy to remain part of Ontario NDP |

Hamas supporters enjoy safe haven and left-wing support in Canada | National Post

Hamas-Israel war: third Canadian citizen killed |

Jess Burke, from The Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs got married to... | orthodox jewish | TikTok

Israel-Hamas war: Toronto families speak on trauma | CTV News

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