Oct 10, 2023
By Jane Brown
Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Opposition Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre have condemned the Hamas terror attack on Israel this weekend.
“Hamas terrorists aren’t a resistance, they’re not freedom fighters, they are terrorists,” Trudeau told a pro-Israel rally Monday evening, “And no one in Canada should be supporting them, much less celebrating them.”
“Hamas does not speak for the Palestinian people, it does not speak for Muslims, and it surely does not speak for Canadians,” said Poilievre in his speech, “And that is why I unreservedly condemn any and all who took part in the disgusting celebrations we have seen on our streets.”
Hamas has been deemed by the Canadian Government as a terrorist group since 2002, and in the United States since 1997.
Several pro-Palestinian rallies took place across Canada over the weekend, including Monday at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, in response to Israel’s military response to the Hamas attack which has killed 900 Israelis and left 2200 wounded.
(Six-month-old Sama Alwadia is rescued from the rubble in Gaza City on October 9. Though the child had survived the initial strike, she died later while being treated for her injuries. Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promises a retaliation that would “reverberate for generations”, Israeli forces are bombing downtown Gaza City and the military has further expanded a massive mobilization of reservists.
Hamas is also said to be holding more than 150 Israeli soldiers and civilians hostage and has issued a statement warning they will kill one of the hostages every time Israel’s military bombs civilian targets in Gaza without warning.
Here in Toronto Monday evening at Mel Lastman Square, Mayor Olivia Chow, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Premier Doug Ford joined thousands who showed support for Israel, mourned those killed and prayed for peace.
Meantime, a Montreal man says his son is among the victims of the Hamas terror attack on Israel over the weekend.
Alain Haim Look says in a social media post that his son Alexandre Look was killed on Saturday while trying to save those around them.
A spokesperson for the Chabad of Westmount Education Centre says she knows Look’s parents, who are part of the centre’s community, and she confirms the authenticity of the post.