Anti-Israel Extremists Praise Terrorism While Protesting Toronto’s “Walk With Israel”

On Monday, May 22, an estimated 20,000 people gathered in North York, Ontario for an annual walkathon to celebrate Israel, which was followed by a community celebration.

The “Walk with Israel” typically attracts a wide array of participants from the Jewish community and beyond, but like moths to a flame, anti-Israel activists have regularly made an appearance at the event.

While anti-Israel activists have the freedom to express their opinions, even at the walkathon, this year, a contingent of anti-Israel protesters veered far beyond the line of legitimate differences of opinion about Israeli policies, and into outright expressions of hate.

One speaker who addressed a group of anti-Israel protesters attempted to gaslight the walk’s Jewish participants by convincing them that they are imposters because they support Israel’s right to exist.

“You are a bunch of criminals. That’s all you are. You are not Jewish. How can a Jew after they went to the Holocaust do another Holocaust on the Palestinians? How can a Jew commit another Holocaust on the Palestinians? The real Jews, they support us,” the speaker said.

The speaker went on to denigrate Zionism, the Jewish People’s national movement of self-determination in their historic homeland, as “terrorism,” and just in case the overall message was still unclear, the speaker then called for the destruction of Israel.

“From the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, Palestine will be free. Palestine will be free,” the speaker said. As has been pointed out previously by HonestReporting Canada, the phrase “from the river to the sea” is a commonly-used chant employed by anti-Israel activists to call for Israel’s destruction.

While some defenders of the phrase maintain that it’s not violent at all and is only an expression of solidarity with the Palestinians, and does not refer to a threat of physical harm against Israel, but if the phrase is not violent in nature, then that message has not reached the protesters of Monday’s Walk with Israel.

There, protesters chanted extremist anti-Israel slogans, including “Jihad. Jihad, jihad, Allah Akbar (Allah is the Greatest). Long live Hamas. Long live Hamas. Long live Hamas. Long live Hezbollah.”

Watch clips from anti-Israel extremists protesting Toronto’s “Walk with Israel” below”

Hamas, the group praised by the walkathon protesters, is an extremist Islamist terrorist group which is recognized as such by the governments of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, Japan, and others. Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel through violent means.

Hamas has taken responsibility for scores of brutal terrorist attacks targeting innocent Israeli civilians, including suicide bombing attacks on buses where infants and children were murdered, and others at locations such as restaurants, where multiple members of the same family were massacred for no reason other than that they were Israeli and Jewish.

Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shia Islamist terrorist organization. Though it is based in Lebanon, and is not Palestinian, it too is dedicated to the destruction of Israel, and has carried out terrorist attacks against Israel.

Hezbollah played a central role in suicide bomb attacks targeting Jews in Argentina in 1994, and has launched thousands of rockets into Israeli population centres, targeting and killing innocent civilians.

At the rally, another speaker incited the masses by saying: “Abu Obeida [Spokesperson of Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades] is ready [to launch rockets] for you [Israelis]. Abu Obeida is ready for you. Are you ready for him?… Are you ready for the sound of the sirens? The sound that you are listening to too often. This is the sound of… [Sound of a siren].”

Samidoun, which bills itself as a Palestinian prisoners’ solidarity group, is a registered Canadian not-for-profit, which is allegedly affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – an organization that has been placed on the list of terrorist entities under Canada’s Criminal Code since 2003. They recently published a propaganda video on their YouTube page highlighting the hate-filled efforts of anti-Israel extremists during Toronto’s annual “Walk with Israel”.

View their full video below

Not content to praise anti-Israel terrorist groups, the protesters also praised acts of violence against Israelis.

“There is only one solution: Intifada, revolution… Intifada, Intifada. Long live the Intifada. Intifada, Intifada. Long live the Intifada. There is only one solution: Intifada, revolution,” the protesters chanted.

View pictures from anti-Israel extremists protesting Toronto’s “Walk with Israel” below”

There have been two Palestinian intifadas (Arabic for uprising) against Israel, and in both intifadas, innocent Israelis were targeted and killed. The second intifada in particular, between 2000 and 2005, saw a bloody campaign waged by Palestinian individuals and terror groups including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) against Israelis, and about one thousand Israelis were murdered, including in restaurants, discotheques, bus stations, supermarkets, and more.

Signs used by protesters were also incitements to violence, including one which showed an image of Khader Adnan breaking shackles, with the words “We are the generation of liberation.” Adnan, a senior leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, recently committed suicide in a hunger strike while in Israeli prison. He was famously filmed on camera enthusiastically exhorting a group of Palestinians to blow themselves up to murder Israelis.

Another sign read “The resistance is legitimate,” a clear euphemism excusing acts of Palestinian violence against Israel, while other signs featured a swastika in the Star of David, a clear-cut antisemitic effort to compare Israel to Nazi Germany.

While anti-Israel activists have the right to protest Israeli actions, even doing so at a family-friendly walkathon, that right does not extend to praising terrorist groups and advocating for violence against Israelis. It’s time the public saw the true face of these anti-Israel groups.


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