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Mayor Crombie Responds to Incident at Canadian Palestinian Professional Foundation Event

TORONTO – Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga, replies to Avi Benlolo. Here below is her letter. 

Yesterday, while attending an event hosted by the Canadian Palestinian Professional Foundation at Our Lady Queen Croatia Park to raise funds for the Credit Valley Hospital and youth scholarships, I was approached by two individuals asking my opinion on current events taking place in Israel and Gaza. I replied that I oppose violence and call upon all sides to cease hostilities. Recent events that have threatened Israel’s security only reinforce the need for both parties to de-escalate tensions and work towards a peaceful solution that prevents any further loss of civilian lives. People have the right to live freely and without fear of violence no matter who they are and where they choose to call home. The statement issued by the Canadian Defenders for Human Rights on social media does not accurately reflect my views. The photo taken of me was done without my knowledge or consent and I certainly take exception to the sign displayed in the background and its message. Any comparison to the Holocaust diminishes the memory of the victims of that tragedy in human history. I want to reaffirm that I am committed to a peaceful resolution between Palestinians and Israelis, and a two-state solution, which can only be accomplished through peaceful negotiations and a joint commitment to a path forward that is free from violence.

Thank you,

Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga

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