Toronto-Wed, Aug 20, 8pm: UJA/CIJA Candlight Walk & gathering for Israel


After the Candlelight Walk, acclaimed journalist Martin Himel will speak to the walkers.

Israel Truth Week is honoured to have been asked by the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) to be a “participating organization” in a Candlelight March and gathering in Toronto this Wed, Aug 20/14, beginning at 8pm:

  • WALK STARTS: 8 p.m. (arrive early!) at Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto (south of Eglinton at Dewbourne). Wear blue & white. [MAP]
  • WALK ENDS: at the Bialik Hebrew Day School Parking lot, 2760 Bathurst Street.
  • COMMUNITY GATHERING BEGINS: 9pm. Featured speaker acclaimed journalist Martin Himel.

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Hope to see you walking with us!


Mark Vandermaas, Founder
Israel Truth Week

Toronto’s day of unity & action: Jewish Defence League Rally vs. anti-Israel terror supporters


After organizing and supervising their own rally of thousands at the Israel Consulate, Jewish Defence League members and leaders, including National Director Meir Weinstein (holding water bottle left of sign), took time to show support for persecuted Iraqi Christians at a Queen’s Park rally scheduled the same day. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

On Sunday, August 10, 2014 the voices of freedom were loud and they were united:

  1. A morning colloquium offered by the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR);
  2. A flashmob at Roy Thomson Hall organized by Canadians For Israel.
  3. A  rally of thousands of freedom fighters at the Israel consulate organized by the Jewish Defence League (JDL) against the pro-terror forces across the street.
  4. A march of 100+ people from the Israel consulate to Queen’s Park organized by Israel Truth Week, with great support from JDL  to support yet another rally for freedom by thousands of people, this one for persecuted Christians in Iraq.

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Thank you to Jewish Defence League 

After the day was over I sent the following email to the leadership of the JDL:

I am just home from Toronto. I’m going to write about this tomorrow & post pics after some sleep, but couldn’t go to bed without telling you what a great job you did today! I and others very proud of you. Wow. Thanks for asking me to speak and getting Rev El Shafie to come. What an honour. I’ve already heard from his admin person who “heard it was quite the rally today.” (One Free World Int’l is holding a Standing With Israel Solidarity event at a church, date to be verified).

JDL helped me coordinate the ‘walk’ down to the Christian rally at Queen’s Park (as did Canadians For Israel) for Iraqi Christians who really appreciated our presence. I think we had about 125 or more walk down. Wow. Some young JDL guys helped me and they really did you proud with their professionalism and willingness to help made it happen for me/us.

Got a great shot of Zaza and gang in JDL shirts holding a sign supporting the Iraqi Christians. They had an agreement w/QP security not to display any flags, so was very rewarding when everyone (not just JDL) respected their urgent request that we not bring in flags & signs. They were very grateful for that. We were there to support them, and it was great to see my Jewish friends, especially JDL, making their event a success and a time to build relationships. 

JDL organized the sound, the security. JDL supported the Canadians For Israel flashmob with security & generator. Wow.

I’m so impressed by what you guys did today, and what you worked so hard to help others accomplish.

I have always believed in you, and have always seen you as being leaders in the struggle against evil. You showed great leadership today. Take a bow—you deserve it. Honoured to know all of you.

Well done.


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Toronto’s day of unity & action: CIJR Colloquium: Israel, Hamas & the Third Gazan War

CIJR_logoWow! What a day. Sunday, August 10, 2014. Toronto, Canada. The voices of freedom were loud and they were united:

  1. 1. A morning colloquium offered by the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR); PLUS 3 OTHER EVENTS:
  2. 2. A flashmob at Roy Thomson Hall organized by Canadians For Israel.
  3. 3. A  rally of thousands at the Israel consulate organized by the Jewish Defence League (JDL) against the pro-terror forces across the street.
  4. 4. A march of 100+ people from the Israel consulate to Queen’s Park organized by Israel Truth Week, with great support from JDL  to support yet another rally of thousands for persecuted Christians in Iraq.

Event #1. 10:30-12:30: CIJR Colloquium: Israel, Hamas and the Third Gazan War. I was only able to attend the first half in order to be able to participate in event #2, but the two speakers I heard were worth the 2.5 hour drive from my home in London alone:

SPEAKER 1: Prof. Renan Levine from the U of Toronto spoke about what the polls were saying about the Gaza war:

  • For Israelis: the tunnels made a HUGE difference in gaining strong support for the war. Benjamin Netanayhu’s popularity is way up; no one else is even close.
  • For Gazans: most thought Hamas lost and would choose reconstruction vs. more war. A key difference in this war is that Egypt is not a friend of Hamas.
  • For Americans: 40% believe Israel is justified. 15% think Hamas is justified. These positions are unaffected by tunnels or the number of civilian dead. The majority of those greater than age 50 think Israel was justified. The majority of those under 25 think Israel was un-justified. Casualties make youth more resistant to truth.
  • Non-US citizens: More likely to disapprove of Israel.

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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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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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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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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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Shalom Toronto: ‘Fighting For Israel: Israel Truth Week’

140313 Shalom Toronto cover Fighting For Israel: Israel Truth WeekShalom Toronto front page story about the upcoming 2014 Israel Truth Week Conference in Toronto on March 23. Reprinted with permission.



by Doris Strub Epstein

“It’s time the truth was told. It’s time to stand together . It’s time to stop being afraid.” Mark Vandermaas, founder Israel Truth Week

A stellar array of speakers will take part in the third annual Israel Truth Week Conference, Sunday March 23 at the Lodzer Synagogue. This year the focus will be on the legality of Israel’s existence. Titled “Truth Before Solutions – Safeguarding the Honour of the Jewish People”, it will honour the late Howard Grief: attorney, legal scholar, author and champion of Israel’s land rights under international law.

Grief dedicated 25 years of his life to documenting and disseminating to the public at large, that modern Palestine was created, via the 1920 San Remo Conference and the subsequent l922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, specifically to reconstitute the “national home” of the Jewish people. That land promised to Jews east of the Jordan River was given instead to Arabs in what is now Jordan.

“Israel is an owner not an occupier,” declared Mark Vandermaas, founder of ITW. He will be delivering practical advice and strategies on pro-active responses to anti -Israel propaganda.

Mark grew up hearing about the plight of Jews under the Nazis from his Dutch born parents who had survived the Nazi occupation of Holland. Later, as a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, he served with a United Nations peacekeeping force in the Middle East. But it was his experience with the violence and breakdown of law and order by ” the racially biased” police against the residents of Caledonia that galvanized him to action of behalf of Israel and the Jewish people.

Speakers will include Israel land rights expert, Salomon Benzimra, Richard Bass, author of Israel in World Relations and Jonathan Halevi, retired IDF career intelligence officer who specialized in Palestinian affairs, now senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and Editor of Shalom Toronto.

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