Matan Cohen posted an announcement to the cause ANARCHISTS AGAINST THE WALL.

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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



The group is carrying out this occupation in solidarity with the 1.5 million people of Gaza and to ensure that Jewish voices against the massacre in Gaza are being heard. They are demanding that


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:


Cathy Gulkin:

cgulkin@rogers. com