Israel's Canadian supporters hold virtual rally amid continued violence in Gaza
Ottawa/IBNS: Amid continued violence between Israeli forces and Palestinians in Gaza, a virtual event was hosted on Sunday by a prominent Canadian Jewish advocacy group.
According to the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the event was attended by almost 1,000 people with prayers from students and Holocaust survivors as well as remarks from Ohad Kaynar, the deputy head of mission at Israel's embassy in Canada.
"Even the remarkable Iron Dome defense system cannot protect Israeli citizens — young and old, Jew and Arab — from the trauma of an endless barrage of alerts and rockets," Andrea Freedman, the president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, said at the beginning of the pro-Israel virtual event, organized by the CIJA.
"Jewish Canadians want peace, and we are very concerned that antisemitic violence is taking root here in Canada," said Freedman, CBC News reported.
Large crowds were seen on Saturday particularly in Canada's cities including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver amid a weekend of pro-Palestinian demonstrations.
According to the Palestinian medics, Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City on Sunday flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)