TORONTO (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 23rd November, 2019) The violence that took place at an anti-Israel demonstration in Toronto this week was shocking and unacceptable, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
"What happened that night was shocking and absolutely unacceptable. Anti-Semitism has no place in Canada. We will always denounce it [and] all forms of hatred," Trudeau said in a Twitter post on Friday.
The condemnation follows a demonstration by members of York's Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), protesting an event that featured a panel discussion with Reservists on Duty, an organization of former members of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), that turned violent.
Demonstrators, including some with concealed faces and bearing Palestinian flags, chanted "Viva, Viva, Intifada" - an Arabic word that translates to rebellion or uprising. Eventually, the protest turned violent with SAIA members engaging in skirmishes with event attendees, some of whom were identified online as Jewish Defense League (JDL), a Jewish far-right religious-political organization, members, at which point Toronto Police had to intervene.