Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Thank You, Jewish Canadian Women! or Grace Paley Presente!

David McReynolds just sent this news:

Arrests underway in Toronto Israeli Consulate Sit-in Toronto:
Wednesday January 8, 2009 Time: 11:20 am Police have moved in to
arrest a group of Jewish Canadian women who are currently occupying the
Israeli consulate at 180 Bloor Street West in Toronto. The women took
their action in protest against the on-going Israeli assault on the
people of Gaza.

The group is carrying out this occupation in solidarity with the 1.5million people of Gaza and to ensure that Jewish voices against the
massacre in Gaza are being heard. They are demanding that Israel end
its military assault and lift the 18-month siege on the Gaza Strip to
allow humanitarian aid into the territory. Israel has been carrying
out a full-scale military assault on the Gaza Strip since December 27,
2008. At least 660 people have been killed and 3000 injured in the air
strikes and in the ground invasion that began on January 3, 2009.
Israel has ignored international calls for a ceasefire and is refusing
to allow food, adequate medical supplies and other necessities of life
into the Gaza Strip. Protesters are outraged at Israel's latest
assault on the Palestinian people and by the Canadian government's
refusal to condemn these massacres. They are deeply concerned that
Canadians are hearing the views of pro-Israel groups who are being
represented as the only voice of Jewish Canadians. The protesters have
occupied the consulate to send a clear statement that many
Jewish-Canadians do not support Israel's violence and apartheid
policies. They are joining with people of conscience all across the
world who are demanding an end to Israeli aggression and justice for
the Palestinian people.

The group includes: Judy Rebick, professor; Judith Deutsch,
psychoanalyst and president of Science for Peace; B.H. Yael, filmmaker;
Smadar Carmon, an Canadian Israeli peace activist and others.
Spokespersons for the group will be outside the Israeli consulate: Dr.
Miriam Garfinkle: 416-731-6605 Cathy Gulkin:
416-697-0768 Release is online at

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