Toronto pro-Israel & anti-ISIS rallies & events this weekend: THE VOICES OF FREEDOM ARE COMING ALIVE!

Real_Cdns_vs_TerrorismThe voices of freedom are coming alive! People and organizations are holding educational events and taking to the streets this weekend to defend freedom and justice: for Israel and for the horribly persecuted of Iraq.

1. TORONTO, Saturday, August 9/14, 12:00 noon,  Dundas Square-Yonge Street [MAP]: Rally against ISIS genocide of Kurdish Yezidi community to Urge the Canadian government to take action! Details.

Contact: Canadian Kurdish Federation FOR SECOND RELEASE

Ezidi (Yezidi) Massacre in Iraqi Kurdistan

Toronto (Dundas Square)- On Saturday, August 9 from 12-3pm, Kurds in the Toronto area will be gathering at Dundas Square to raise awareness of the genocide taking place against Ezidi Kurds in Iraqi Kurdistan and to urge the Canadian government to take immediate action to provide assistance. […]

Wish I could be there, but I have another important commitment. If the Canadian Forces can be used to unintentionally install Sharia law in Libya, we can use them to save Yezidis, Christians and others from ISIS monsters.

CIJR_logo2. TORONTO, Sunday, August 10/14, 10:30-12:30, Lodzer Synagogue, 12 Heaton St., Toronto (North York): CIJR (Canadian Institute For Jewish Research) Colloquium: Israel, Hamas and the Third Gazan War. Refreshments Served. Donations voluntary; Students free.

  • CHAIRMAN: Prof. Clifford Orwin (UofT)
  • PANELISTS: Prof. Aurel Braun (UofT); Lawrence Solomon (Financial Post); Prof. Sally Zerker (York U).

3. TORONTO, Sunday, August 10/14, 2:00pm, Israel Consulate, 180 Bloor Street W. (at University/Queen’s Park & Avenue Rd) [MAP]; RALLY FOR ISRAEL. Organized by Jewish Defence League.

This is the big one! The Jewish Defence League has called for a counter-protest vs. a planned ‘All Out For Gaza’ rally by the pro-Hamas side that seems determined to try to justify the killing of Jewish civilians. There are estimates that thousands of pro-Hamas demonstrators could be there.


4. TORONTO, Sunday, August 10/14, 3:30-6:00pm, Queen’s Park Legislature Bldg [MAP]:  PROTEST AGAINST THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ AND STOP THE GENOCIDE! More info.

Burning ChurchIn support of our persecuted brothers and sisters, who have been forced to flee the city of Mosul, we will rally in solidarity. After fleeing and surrendering their belongings to the terrorist group, ISIS, the persecuted Christians of Iraq left their homes with only the clothes on their backs. Our goal in this protest is to inform the Canadian public and government of the atrocities in Mosul and hope for aid.The Eastern Churches in Canada are inviting all those against the brutalities to participate in the peaceful demonstration, which will take place in the city of Toronto on August 10th, 2014. It will be concluded by submitting a letter to the Iraqi and Canadian governments, asking for the protection of Christians or an opportunity to seek refuge outside their war-stricken country.
 I will join my Christian brothers and sisters after the Rally For Israel at the Israel Consulate (#3). WILL YOU WALK WITH ME?

5. TORONTO, Sunday, August 10/14, Time & Places Secret: FLASHMOBS FOR ISRAEL.

Purpose: to show how Israelis only have 15 seconds to save their lives from Hamas rockets. Organized by Canadians For Israel.

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ITW ACTION ALERT–London, ON, 4:00pm today: Vigil vs. Ribfest anti-Israel booth



ACTION ALERT: Join me today at 4:00pm at Victoria Park in London to help send a message to Ribfest organizers and City of London that family festivals are no place to amp up hate against the Jewish state with one-sided propaganda.

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On this most holy of Jewish observances–Tisha B’av, when Jews will mourn for their First and Second Temples in Jerusalem that were destroyed on this day–I am asking you, especially fellow Gentiles, to join me today from 4:00pm till dark to protest at the London Ribfest where an anti-Israel booth has been set up accusing her of “bombing innocent civilians” and “Mass Murder.” According to a Facebook event page set up by David Heap and an email sent out by KAIROS in support this booth was set up at the invitation of Ribfest organizers.

friends, we have an extraordinary opportunity to spread the message about Israeli aggression in Gaza: following Saturday’s vigil, we have been invited by Ribfest (!) to staff an ‘official’ information table (free of charge), Sunday and Monday Aug. 3-4, for information and discussion about Gaza. WOW! Will be working on the needed information between now and tomorrow, and will post the location of our table as soon as we know it for sure. Meantime, if you can spare a couple of hours or more between 11 am and 11 pm (either day, or both) then please message Sahar Ataya with your availability.

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It is a terrible lack of judgement that at a time of rising hatred and rhetoric over a war in the Middle East that is claiming both Jewish & Arab lives, and which was begun by Hamas rockets against the Jewish people, that the organizers of a family festival like Ribfest would allow such a repugnant booth for children to see in the first place. However, having made that decision, to not take steps to ensure that the Jewish/pro-Israel side was offered an equal opportunity to share their perspective is outrageous.

Please join me for a peaceful vigil within site of the booth. Bring Israel flags. Will begin at 3:30pm until dark. The booth is located at the North end of Victoria Park near Central Avenue which runs between Wellington and Richmond. MAP .

Help me send a message that family festivals are no places to amp up hatred against the state of the Jewish people with one-sided propaganda.

BACKGROUND: I have sent an email (see below) to the organizers, left a telephone message, and visited the event headquarters where staff told me that the anti-Israel side was invited because “they were holding a march.” I asked if the Jewish/pro-Israel crowd was invited, to which the response was, “Were you holding a march, too?” I asked that a senior organizer call me. As of 2:26pm none has responded to my call, email or visit.

One member of the Jewish media has contacted me and wants to be kept up to date.

Action Item #2: If you can’t come, you can leave messages for Ribfest organizers here:, 519.432.5189

Action Item #3: Please contact London’s politicians to tell them that family festivals are not places to amp up hatred against the state of the Jewish people with one-sided propaganda.

Hope to see you there.
Mark Vandermaas, Founder

Six Nations writer suggests boycott of anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, pro-terrorist reserve newspaper

UPDATE, Aug 5/14: Submission from Six Nations publisher of Turtle Island News; see below.

“Two Row Times” Publishes Anti-Semitic, Pro-Palestinian Article”

By: ‘Deyoyonwatheh,’ July 31/14

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100328 Tom Keefer, CUPE 3903, York University, disrupts CANACE anti-racism rally, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada.

(NOTE: all photos added by Israel Truth Week)

Considering that the non-Native General Manager and Editor of “Two Row Times“, TK, is a committed Anarchist and Communist (as I and others have noted over the years), what follows is not a surprise.  The “parade” (aka “protest march”) which shut down Caledonia on a Saturday in the Spring of 2012 was organized by TK, and there were Palestinian flags among those carried by the marchers on that day (I was there).  Therefore it should not be surprising that considering the present events in the Middle East, that any such radical would use whatever platform is available to them to show support for the Palestinians – even though objectively Israel is only attempting to stop the rockets flying toward Israel.

As is clear from the evidence, the terrorists use schools and mosques, and innocent human shields, in the Gaza Strip, where Hamas terrorists are obsessed with killing every Jew (their stated goal).  But to have a Reserve newspaper publish a horribly biased article supporting the Palestinian terrorists is simply unacceptable – and will hopefully impact their advertising revenue.  Recent pro-Palestinian rallies in Toronto include groups of which TK is a member (see here), including just those under the letter “C”, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and the Communist Party of Canada – both of whose flags were represented in the 2012 “parade” in Caledonia.

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London anti-Hamas vigil: 13 Christians & Jews vs. 300 Hamas supporters…and NO police



Yesterday (Sat, July 26/14), at an Israel Truth Week-organized vigil, nine Christians and four Jews faced off with 300 Hamas supporters in London, Ontario while police refused to separate us and then abandoned us to be intimidated and bullied.  The slideshow below tells the story, from the arrival of the first few pro-Hamas’rs to the virtual takeover of our location on a traffic island to the end when police arrive after the danger is over and the discovery that my car had been keyed.

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The pro-Hamas side had a rally planned for 5pm at the northwest corner of Victoria Park at Richmond Street. We took up position across the street on a traffic island. Our goal was to protest Hamas’ sole responsibility for the deaths of  Arab and Jewish civilians; to send a message that we will not be intimidated by the anti-Jew violence in Canada and Europe; and to expose the false ‘occupation’ narrative.

As soon as we started setting up the pro-Hamas Arabs and their leftist apologists (I photographed one in an ‘Occupy London’ Tshirt) crossed the street for the specific purpose of confronting us.  As one of our number pointed out, it was analogous to land-rich Arabs  trying to purge little Israel of her Jews. The Hamas side had the entire park to use, but they couldn’t bear the thought of Jews and their allies using a tiny piece of land on a traffic island.

The police arrive…and disappear

Two London Police officers made a brief appearance and our conversation went something like this:

MARK: I’m Mark Vandermaas, the organizer for the pro-Israel side. These people have crossed the street to try to intimidate us and I’d appreciate if you’d tell them to stay on their side of the road.

OFFICER: They’re free to go anywhere they want to protest. Just because you got here first, it doesn’t mean this is ‘your’ side.

MARK: Great; does that mean I can tell my people to cross the street and confront them on the other side?

OFFICER: Well, no, I don’t think that would be advisable.

MARK: So, have you told them that?

OFFICER: I just got here two seconds ago.

At one point, someone from our side whom I didn’t know got hold of my Israel flag and started walking down the middle of the street, taunting the Hamas crowd. I ran out to convince her to get off the road for her safety and our good name. A police van showed up, but by that time I had my flag back and was on my way back to the island. I didn’t see any police for the remainder of the protest; they left us alone to be harassed and intimidated while ever more pro-Hamas’ers crossed the road to try to crowd us off the traffic island.

I’ve been there before…in Caledonia, where the police tried the same nonsense, abandoning us to be intimidated and assaulted by violent native militants and their leftist friends. Undoubtedly emboldened by the lack of police, motorcyclists flying ‘Palestinian’ flags repeatedly raced recklessly down the road, their engines screaming as the Hamas side cheered. It seemed that at any minute their engines’ would explode into pieces but, alas, it was not to be.

“We’re not moving.”

Fortunately, someone from the other side — named Milad — had the common sense to come speak with me in a calm, rational manner, and he worked hard to try to keep the crazies at bay, with some success, but they gradually kept crossing the street to take over the island where, eventually, a couple of bongo drummers pounded out a beat as they chanted ‘Free Gaza.’ (I couldn’t agree more: yes, please: free Gaza–from Hamas.) Continue reading

TORONTO & LONDON EVENTS vs Islamic terror against Israel

Sunday, July 27, 2-6pm, Queen's Park, Toronto: Canadians for Israel -- ISRAEL, FREEDOM & DEMOCRACY RALLY

Sunday, July 27, 2-6pm, Queen’s Park, Toronto: Canadians for Israel — ISRAEL, FREEDOM & DEMOCRACY RALLY



Pro-Israel protest events this weekend in chronological order. PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY:

1. TORONTO: Saturday, July 26, 2pm, Queen’s Park. Counter-protest against Al Quds Day Rally:

2. LONDON:  Saturday, July 26, 5pm, near NW corner of Victoria Park. Israel Truth Week counter-vigil against pro-Hamas rally organized by Canadian Palestinian Social Association. Bring Israel & Canadian flags. ITW founder Mark Vandermaas will be leading. He can be reached at Please arrive by 5pm sharp if possible.

3. TORONTO: Sunday, July 27, 2pm, Queen’s Park (UPDATED: RALLY WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE SOUTH SIDE, AT THE FRONT OF QUEEN’S PARK). Canadians For Israel Freedom  & Democracy Rally. Multi-speaker event, including ITW founder Mark Vandermaas. Bring Israel & Canadian flags. Make signs with positive messages. See media release below. Please arrive at 2pm sharp if  possible.

– Media Release –


July 25 2014
For Immediate Release:

An extraordinary thing is happening in Toronto! A group of concerned Canadian citizens of different religions, nationalities & politics called an emergency meeting Tuesday night coming together in unity to support Israel, freedom & democracy. Within one hour we had a plan for the Rally at Queen’s Park:

Sunday, July 27th, at 2 p.m, Queen’s Park Circle, North Side

The rally is planned to occur 24 hours after Al Quds – an Iranian Islamist group calling for the death and destruction of Jews and the Jewish Homeland – is scheduled to speak at the same location. While the Al Quds Group are asking for blood and death, Canadians for Israel are coming together to pray for peace, truth and co-existence and hold a peaceful, positive rally.

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TRAINING VIDEO – Salomon Benzimra: Israel’s Land Title Deed From The Original Two-State Solution


Salomon Benzimra presentation at 2014 Israel Truth Week Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 23/14: Israel’s Land Title Deed From The Original Two-State Solution [VIDEO, 33:41; Presentation slides w/transcript PDF, 11p]

Salomon Benzimra is co-founder of Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights ( and author of The Jewish People’s Rights To The Land Of Israel

In this concise, easy-to-understand presentation, he explains the international law that led to the creation of the original two-state solution: the 1920 San Remo Resolution which was codified in the 1922 League of Nations Mandate For Palestine. He also briefly examines the claims by opponents of Israel that the Allied Powers had no authority or intent to create a Jewish home in Palestine.

Salomon takes apart the false ‘occupation’ narrative so effectively that the viewer is left wondering how the fabrications about stolen land ever took root in the first place. If you only watch one video about Israel’s founding, this is the one.


Mark Vandermaas, Founder
Israel Truth Week

Toronto Event: United Chesed fundraiser with renowned Nazi Hunter Steven Rambam, June 24/14

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Click image for link to registration & info page.

You have a unique opportunity to meet renowned Nazi hunter Steven Rambam and help provide “urgent, short-term relief to impoverished Jews in the Greater Toronto Area” by attending United Chesed of Toronto’s 2014 Fundraising Dinner, Tuesday, June 24/14, at B’Nai Brith Canada, 15 Hove Street, Toronto. You are asked to please register by June 11/14.

Mr. Rambam has played a primary role in locating and investigating nearly 300 Nazis, collaborators and war criminals, and was recognized by the Canadian government for his work.

Cost :

  • Speech only (8:00pm): $30
  • Dinner & speech (6:00): $125 (tax receipts will be issued)
  • Group table of 10 (dinner & speech): $1,000
  • There are also sponsorship opportunities as well.

Registration/Additional info (please register by June 11/14)

  • Download event poster: [PDF]
  • Register Online:
  • Register by Telephone: 416.663.3339
  • Register by Email:

About United Chesed of Toronto (from their blog)

“United Chesed of Toronto is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fostering a community that supports and stabilises those struggling with poverty. They offer urgent and short-term relief to families and individuals in crises situations, responding with immediacy, care, and discretion to the pleas of Jews from all walks of life and affiliations.

Each year, UCT distributes over $50,000 in food coupons and other forms of financial assistance. It also facilitates thousands of donations of furniture, household items, medical equipment and other recyclable goods through its extensive online network, and runs a number of annual drives including a High Holiday Food Drive, School Supplies Drive, Toy Drive, and Toiletries Drive. Chesed means kindness or charity in Hebrew.”

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Toronto screening: The J Street Challenge – the Seductive Allure of Peace In Our Time, June 2/14

The Speakers Action Group and Beth Tikvah Synagogue are presenting THE J STREET CHALLENGE, a movie that examines the popularity among young people of the anti-Israel Jewish organization whose membership application for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations was rejected because, in part, of its funding from George Soros who donates to anti-Israel groups, and its support of the Goldstone Report which accused Israel of war crimes (Justice Goldstone later repudiated his own report).

Monday, June 2/14 at 8:00PM, 3080 Bayview Avenue, Toronto. Q&A with expert panel to follow. Just $10 for adults, $5 for students. $15 at the door. Click on image below to register…

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POSTED BY: Mark Vandermaas,

Will the Law Society of Upper Canada ban Jews from practicing law in Ontario, too?

no-christians-allowed(UPDATED 2340 May 15/14) What if the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) decided that no Jew who graduated from an Israeli university would be allowed to practice in Ontario because of Israel’s supposed ‘occupation’ of Judea & Samaria? Or that no Jew who graduated from a Yeshiva that teaches the Torah’s prohibition on homosexuality could be a lawyer in our province?

Now you understand the frightening implications of the LSUC’s decision to ban graduates from the Christian-based Trinity Western University’s law school (British Columbia) from becoming Ontario lawyers because of the school’s Christian code of conduct that includes a ban on homosexual relations — a code that has been upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada. Ezra Levant has exposed this bigotry on SUN News, and a special website has been set up to explain the issues:

Gary McHale’s (author of Victory In The No-Go Zone; speaker at 3 Israel Truth Week conferences) CANACE (Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality) is holding a rally tomorrow — Friday, May 16/14, 11:30am at the Law Society of Upper Canada offices in Toronto, 130 Queen Street W. — to request that LSUC rescind its anti-Christian decision. See the media release below for details.

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Mark Vandermaas interview with Shalom World re ‘Truth Before Solutions’ campaign’

Israel Truth Week founder, Mark Vandermaas, was interviewed for 30 minutes by Doris Epstein on Jewish Review’s pilot show ‘Shalom World,’ April 9/14:

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Israel Truth Week founder, Mark Vandermaas, is interviewed by Doris Epstein on Jewish Review’s ‘Shalom World’ show, April 9/14. Click image to view.

  • Jewish Review (, Shalom World show, Doris Epstein, April 9/14: Israel Truth Week (Interview w/Mark Vandermaas) [VIDEO, 30:09]

They discuss Israel Truth Week and the need for a moratorium on all solutions-oriented activities (land give-aways & negotiations) until the world community acknowledges the status of Jewish people as ‘owners, not occupiers’ by virtue of their ‘land title deed’ from the ‘original’ two-state solution: the League of Nations Mandate For Palestine. Click image to view.

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