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Court Determines Injunction Not Required Following B’nai Brith Advocacy

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Anti-Israel protesters on the Avenue Road Bridge Overpass (Lila Sarick / The Canadian Jewish News)

February 2, 2024

TORONTO – A Court has determined that the police actions following B’nai Brith Canada’s advocacy have succeeded in deterring further unlawful protests targeting an area of Toronto with a significant Jewish population.

Soon after B’nai Brith submitted its application for an injunction, the Toronto Police Service (TPS) announced it would arrest anyone continuing to protest on the bridge, citing a “public safety threat that has left many in the surrounding Jewish community feeling intimidated.”

B’nai Brith took the extraordinary step of seeking a legal remedy after receiving numerous complaints from local residents about repeated, disruptive anti-Israel protests on the Avenue Road Bridge over Highway 401.

“We made this decision on behalf of the Jewish community, as well as in the interest of public safety,” said Richard Robertson, B’nai Brith Canada’s Director of Research and Advocacy.

“Today’s decision affirms the ability of the authorities to prevent these problematic disturbances from occurring,” Robertson said. “B’nai Brith will continue to ensure that the Jewish community’s security and well-being is not impacted by the rights of individuals to protest.”