Hundreds of people demonstrated in front of the Israeli consulate in downtown Toronto on Saturday.
WHERE: Outside the Consulate General of Israel (180 Bloor Street West)
WHEN: Saturday, July 19
WHAT: A protest outside the Consulate General of Israel spurred by Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza. It’s estimated that more than 500 people have now been killed on the Palestinian side—on the Israeli side, the death toll has reached 20.
Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana of Rwanda, president of the UN Security Council, indicated that in a meeting held Sunday, members had voiced “serious concern about the growing number of casualties” and called for “an immediate cessation of hostilities.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper apparently spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this weekend about the need to “make every effort to minimize civilian casualties.”
Protestors in Toronto chanted, “free, free Palestine”—and carried signs with messages such as “Gaza needs more than our prayers.” Similar protests have also been taking place in cities across Canada.