Coast-to-Coast Community events tonight in solidarity with Israel

    TORONTO, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - UIA Federations Canada, a national fundraising
organization and Jewish community planning body, recognizes and appreciates
the strong support for Israel being demonstrated in a series of rallies that
will take place today in major communities across the country.
    "Canadian support for Israel's necessity and obligation to defend her
citizens and put a stop to the endless rocket attacks from Gaza has been
extraordinary" said UIA national chair Barbara Farber. "As part of that
support, Jewish communities from Halifax to Vancouver are taking part tonight
in a national initiative to show our solidarity with Israel".
    Southern Israel has been bombarded by some 6,500 Hamas-fired rockets
since the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, more than 500 of which were
fired during the recent ceasefire that ended last month. The Canadian Jewish
Community has been shocked and saddened by Hamas' use of Palestinian civilians
as human shields, along with the tragic loss of innocent life that is the
inevitable consequence.
    "We are particularly troubled by some of the extreme language that has
characterized anti-Israel rallies in various Canadian communities", continued
Ms. Farber, referring to cries of "Viva via intifadah" and calls for the
destruction of Israel that have been heard in various demonstrations over the
last week. "That kind of rhetoric is inflammatory and contrary to Canadian
values and should be condemned by all right-thinking Canadians."
    "The situation in the Middle East is tragic, and the Canadian Jewish
community is focused on achieving a sustainable and peaceful outcome as
quickly as possible, so that Israelis and Palestinians can return to normal
life", concluded Ms. Farber.

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For further information: Sheila Kornhauser, (416) 433-0748

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