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Toronto protest in support of Palestinian prisoners. Photo: CIJnews

Toronto protest supports the Palestinian Intifada, calls for elimination of Israel

Speakers at the Toronto protest in support of the hunger strike of the Palestinian “political prisoners” (convicted terrorists, according to Israel) that took place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto, led the crowd in chanting slogans in support of the Palestinian Intifada, the liberation of Palestine and the elimination of Israel.

The following are excerpts from the event:

Hammam Farah (Palestinian Canadian activist against Israel)

Free Free Palestine. Viva Viva Palestina. Viva Viva Intifada. Viva Viva Palestina. Viva Viva Intifada. Viva Viva Palestina. Viva Viva Intifada. I need you to become louder. Let them hear us across the street. Viva Viva Palestina. Viva Viva Intifada. Viva Viva Palestina. Viva Viva Intifada. (click HERE to listen to the clip – Facebook)

Viva Viva Palestina. Viva Viva Intifada. Viva Viva Palestina. Viva Viva Intifada. Free Palestine. (click HERE to listen to the clip – Facebook)

One of the protest’s leaders:

Viva Viva Intifada. Viva Viva Intifada. (click HERE to listen to the clip – Facebook)

Viva Viva Intifada. Viva Viva Intifada. Free Free Palestine. (click HERE to listen to the clip – Facebook)

Muslim Filipino activist:

Viva Viva Intifada. Viva Viva Palestina. Viva Viva Intifada. Viva Viva Palestina. Viva Viva Intifada. (click HERE to listen to the clip – Facebook)

From Turtle Island to Palestine occupation in a crime. From the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea Palestine will be free. From the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea Palestine will be free. From the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea Palestine will be free. From the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea Palestine will be free. (click HERE to listen to the clip – Facebook)

Unidentified woman:

Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Israel got to go. Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Israel got to go. Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Israel got to go. (click HERE)

The First Intifada (aka the Stone Intifada) started in December 1987 and included violent confrontations with Israeli forces, roadblocks, ambushes, throwing stones/ rocks/ metal rods/ Molotov cocktails at Israeli military and civilian vehicles, stabbing attacks, sabotage operations, setting fires to forests, agricultural and industrial facilities, shooting attacks.

The Second Intifada (aka al-Aqsa Intifada) which started in September 2000) included among other violent activities many hundreds of suicide bombing attacks, thousands of shooting attacks, launching rockets and mortar shells at Israeli communities, firing RPG rockets, planting explosives charges and mines.

The Third Intifada (aka the al-Quds Intifada or the Knife Intifada) started in autumn 2015. Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides the following data on the the ongoing wave of violence (13 September 2015 – 07 May 2017):

The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling on Palestinian youth to murder Jews. Twenty months of terror – to the present. In 2016, 12 vehicular ramming attacks and 100 stabbing attacks were thwarted by security forces. Since 13 September 2015, 49 people have been killed in terrorist attacks and 731people (including 4 Palestinians) injured. There have been 177 stabbing attacks and 117 attempted stabbings; 144shootings; 58 vehicular (ramming) attacks; and one vehicular (bus) bombing.

Palestinian sources provide the following statistical data on the current Intifada:

Third Intifada (October – December 2015)

Shooting attacks

Stabbing attacks

Vehicular ramming attacks

Explosive charges/ Molotov cocktails

Throwing stones/ rocks/ objects

Launching rockets from Gaza

Launching rockets from Lebanon

73

74 attacks and 44 attempts

19

848

2840

22

9

Third Intifada (January – December 2016)

119

50 attacks and 117 attempts

10

871

2212

44

24

Third Intifada (January – May 7, 2017)

25

21

8

200

45

See HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

On May 15, 2017, Hammam Farah tweeted: “The protest did not call for elimination of Israel. Your perception is your own.”

Endorsers and Supporters of the protest in Toronto (May 13, 2017)

  • Aboriginal Students’ Association at York University
  • Actions4Palestine
  • Afghans Against Extremism – YorkU
  • Afghans Against Israeli Apartheid
  • Afghans United for Justice
  • Amnesty International – Canada
  • Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation – Victoria
  • Canada Palestine Association
  • Canadian BDS Coalition
  • Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario
  • Canadian Peace Alliance
  • Christian Peacemaker Teams – Ontario
  • Communist Party of Canada – Parkdale Club
  • Faculty for Palestine
  • Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
  • CUPE Ontario
  • CUPE 3902
  • CUPE 3902 Flying Squad
  • CUPE 3902 – Racialized Members’ Collective
  • Fightback
  • Friends of Ghassan Kanafani Foundation
  • Independent Jewish Voices – Canada
  • International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
  • Justice for Palestinians – Calgary
  • Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy
  • Kurdish Students’ Association at York University
  • McMaster Womanists
  • Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia
  • Palestinian and Jewish Unity
  • Palestinian Solidarity Network – Edmonton
  • Quebec BDS Coalition
  • Revolutionary Community Party (PCR-RCP)
  • Revolutionary Student Movement at YorkU
  • Socialist Action
  • Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – Concordia
  • Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – McMaster
  • Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – Western
  • Stop the JNF – Canada
  • Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University
  • Students for Justice in Palestine at UOIT/DC
  • Students for Justice in Palestine at Ryerson
  • Tamil Freedom Coalition
  • Toronto Against Fascism
  • Toronto New Socialists
  • Toronto Students for Justice in Palestine
  • United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel – Toronto
  • University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union
  • United South Asians at York
  • Women in Solidarity with Palestine
  • York Federation of Students
  • #WeAreUofT Radio


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About Jonathan D. Halevi

Jonathan D. Halevi
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi is co-founder and editor of CIJnews and a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is also a co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd.

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