From IfNotNow Toronto:
On Monday, April 9th at 5:30pm, we will gather as Jews in rage and sorrow outside the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto. We will gather to demand action and accountability from our community's institutions while we mourn the deaths of the 18 Palestinian protesters in Gaza, and the 1,400 nonviolent protesters that have been injured by the IDF. We will recite the Mourner’s Kaddish, a Jewish prayer to honour those no longer with us
Please join us in this Jewish ritual of mourning. No knowledge of Hebrew necessary. Handouts with English and Hebrew will be provided.
On the first night of Passover, while we sat with our communities at seder tables across the country, 17 unarmed Palestinian protesters were shot and killed by Israeli forces. We must make it clear that this violence contradicts our Jewish values and that we as Canadian Jews will not accept our institutions’ support for Israel’s actions and their silence in the wake of violence.
This is not what freedom looks like.
**The event will take place outside on the sidewalk in front of the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto--rain or shine--on the northwest side of the Bloor-Avenue intersection. The nearest TTC station is St. George (Bedford entrance,) which has elevators and escalators. There will be a megaphone, but because of weather and traffic, it will likely be hard to hear. We will be outside for about an hour for the duration of the ritual so please dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.**
This event is organized by IfNotNow Toronto, a movement led by young Jews who are demanding an end to our community’s support for the Occupation. We are building a vibrant and joyous Jewish community that calls for freedom and dignity for all. Find out more about the movement herehttp://ifnotnowmovement.org/ and by joining a call on Sunday bit.ly/EnoughOccupationCall .
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This event takes place on the colonized land of Turtle Island. In particular, Tkaranto is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat, Anishanaabe, and most recently the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. This land was coercively “purchased” from the Mississaugas in 1787, under the title of Treaty 13. Just as we acknowledge the Occupation in Palestine, so too do we acknowledge the occupation of Turtle Island.
We are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work in this community, on this territory, and we are mindful of many broken covenants and are committed to continuing to pursue justice.