There were two disturbing incidents directed against Jews this weekend as tensions flared from the current Israel-Gaza conflict. Anti-Semitic chants were shouted from a pro-Palestine caravan in London and Jews were attacked during a pro-Palestine rally in Toronto.
There was a large pro-Palestinian rally at Nathan Philips Square in downtown Toronto on Saturday, where more than 5,000 Canadians showed their support for Palestine in the Israel-Gaza conflict.
Big crowd in #Toronto for #Palestine https://t.co/co1b7SxRAv
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There was also a much smaller pro-Israel rally that took place in Toronto. The pro-Israel demonstration needed police protection from the members of the pro-Palestine protest.
At one point on Saturday, members from both protests were together in the streets. Video shows pro-Palestinian members violently attacking Jews, striking them with makeshift weapons such as a flagpole with a Palestine flag.
(Content Warning: Graphic video):
More footage. The man had to go get treated at the hospital. Will update as I get more information. https://t.co/vFn9tCALj0
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The Toronto Police issued a statement on the assault:
The Toronto Police Service is aware of a separate assault on a man by several people that has been circulating on social media today. This incident took place outside of Nathan Phillips Square and is being actively investigated by police. The public are also asked to please contact 52 Division with any information, including images or videos. The Service will provide an update as soon as possible.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said he had seen the video.
“I have been in touch with (Toronto Police) Chief James Ramer and have made available to him a video of a particularly disturbing incident which had been sent to me,” Tory said, according to CP24. “Hate, anti-Semitism and violence have no place in our city.”
There was another ugly incident this weekend when a pro-Palestinian caravan drove around London shouting anti-Semitic chants. There was a convoy of at least seven vehicles plastered with pro-Palestinian messages and Palestinian flags. The caravan was honking their cars and a person is heard screaming, “F*** the Jews! F*** their daughters! F*** their mothers! Rape their daughters! We have to send a message!”
“F**k the Jews” “F**k their daughters” “F**k their mothers” “Rape their daughters”
“Free Palesti… https://t.co/lZ6LVR3L3R
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At least four people have been arrested for being involved with the caravan.
“The four were arrested on suspicion of ‘racially aggravated public order offenses,’ according to the Metropolitan Police,” the Times of Israel reported.
“This behavior was utterly shocking and will not be tolerated. I understand that this would have caused considerable concern within the community and we have arranged extra patrols in the St. John’s Wood and Golders Green areas this evening,” a Metropolitan Police superintendent said in a statement.