Members of Toronto’s Jewish community rally to show support for Israel

TORONTO – Members of Toronto’s Jewish community rallied at a city synagogue Monday night in a show of solidarity with Israel as the country’s conflict with Hamas rulers in Gaza continues.

The Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue was packed with people voicing their support for Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Hamas, which seized Gaza by force in 2007.

Israel launched an air strike against the Gaza strip on Nov. 14, to deter Hamas from firing rockets into Israel.

In Toronto, Israel’s consul general to the city DJ Schneeweiss, federal Heritage Minister James Moore and journalist David Frum were among those who addressed the crowd.

Moore assured those gathered that Ottawa stands firm in its commitment to Israel.

“The government of Canada holds Hamas responsible for this violence,” he said.

His comments echoed a similar statement made by the Prime Minister on Friday, in which Stephen Harper said Canada recognized and supported Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorist attacks.

Harper had also urged all sides in the conflict to “take all precautions possible to spare any innocent lives.”

Meanwhile, Frum, the event’s keynote speaker, spoke directly to Israeli citizens.

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