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Hundreds of members of Toronto’s Jewish community were left stranded on Monday after 17 buses that were supposed to take them to a pro-Israel rally in the Canadian capital of Ottawa did not show up.
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto President and CEO Adam Minsky said in a statement, “We were shocked that, of more than 70 buses UJA booked, 17 did not show up. Those 17 buses were the responsibility of a particular sub-contracted company. Despite charging in full in advance and confirming its participation, the company did not send a single bus and has declined all communications while refusing to provide any explanation.”
“Given the absolute silence of the sub-contractor and with no other explanation, we are driven to the view that this shameful decision is intended to disrupt our peaceful rally out of hatred toward Jews,” he added.
Minsky emphasized, “What happened today is sickening and outrageous. We will respond aggressively with every legal and public affairs tool at our disposal. UJA is already working with legal counsel and will be proceeding with strong, decisive actions against this company. Hate and discrimination against any community can never be tolerated in Canada.”
— UJA Federation of Greater Toronto (@UJAFederation) December 4, 2023
Thank you to the 20,000 people for participating in today’s Rally for the Jewish People!
Together, we stood against #Antisemitism, called for the release of the 130+ hostages, and stood with the people of Israel. 🇨🇦🇮🇱❤️#AmYisraelChai #BringThemAllHome #HamasisISIS pic.twitter.com/gejzNvmw2i
— CIJA (@CIJAinfo) December 4, 2023