Canada police arrest Jewish protestors
Thu, 08 Jan 2009 10:34:44 GMT
The Jewish women talk to media after being released by the police of police on Wednesday. The women occupied the consulate in protest against the on-going Israeli assault on Gaza.
Canada has arrested eight Jewish women for peacefully protesting against the war on Gaza inside the Israeli consulate in Toronto.
The Jewish women were arrested by the police after taking part in a sit-in to protest the ongoing Israeli strikes on Gaza in a bid to offer an alternate voice and reaction to violent Israeli actions.
The women protested for more than two hours, shouting anti-violence slogans. One of the protestors Ryerson University Professor Judy Rebick said the women also tried to state their case to staff within the consulate, but their efforts were in vain.
"We tried to talk to staff, but they clearly didn't want to talk," she said.
According to Rebick a security guard slapped one of the protestors in the face and another guard tried to drag another woman out of the consulate.
Cathy Gulkin, a spokesperson for the protest, said the women decided to raise their voice for two reasons.
"We wanted to let people know Israel does not speak for all of us," she said. "We also want to see an end to all bombing and an end to the siege in Gaza. It's been an 18-month siege now where people haven't been getting food or humanitarian aid."
Israel has launched disproportionate attack on the people of Gaza for 13 consecutive days, beginning on December 27. Palestinian civilians are now in dire situation as there are no safe places in the area for them to flee or take shelter.
Israeli forces have been attacking civilian houses, schools - including one operated by the UN -, mosques and even government building in the costal sliver.
Tel Aviv has announced that the objective of its military campaign is to topple the democratically-elected Hamas government in the strip.
Hamas became the governing power of the Gaza Strip in June 2007 after winning the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) elections in January 2006, an election termed free of coercion by international observers.