Video: Trudeau clashes with pro-Palestinian protester while making stops in Mississauga and Brampton
Published November 14, 2023 at 12:39 pm
Justin Trudeau’s visits to Mississauga and Brampton this week led to a heated exchange between the prime minister and a pro-Palestinian activist that’s racked up over 300,000 views online.
Trudeau made several stops in the Region of Peel on Monday, visiting with families at Mississauga’s Seafood City Supermarket to discuss the rising cost of living and what the government is doing to deliver “results at the checkout counter.”
A video of the meet-and-greet shows Trudeau taking photos with children and families alongside Mississauga MP Rechie Valdez, and appears to be all smiles.
But another stop in Brampton was met with a different reaction as the prime minister clashed with a man upset with Canada’s response to the Israel-Hamas conflict.
“Why do you say Hamas is a terrorist organization?” a man shouts at the prime minister as he heads towards his motorcade.
The video was shot at the Susan Fernnel Sportsplex in Brampton during a visit from Trudeau, despite multiple posts on social media saying the video was captured at Sheridan College.
“Becasue Hamas is a terrorist organization,” Trudeau can be heard shouting back across the parking lot.
“It is not…they’re Palestinian resistance,” the man shouts back before asking the prime minister about “Ukrainian resistance,” likely referring to that country’s conflict with Russia.
“You’re just bowing down to Israelis,” he shouts again. And when Trudeau attempts to respond the man cuts him off.
The clip ends with the man denouncing Israel as “war criminals…breaching international law.”
While the sportsplex is near Sheridan it is a city-owned property, and a spokesperson for Sheridan confirmed to Insauga.com that Trudeau’s stop in Brampton “was not on the Sheridan campus.”
Israel declared war against Hamas after its attacks on Israeli civilians on Oct. 7, and weeks of retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza since then have killed thousands.
Protests on both sides of the conflict have been a weekly occurrence across Canada since the attack, with many criticizing Canada’s support of Israel.
Pro-Palestinian protestors in dozens of cities demanded a halt to hostilities on Sunday, while a rally in Toronto drew thousands calling for the release of Israeli hostages seized by Hamas during the attack that sparked the war.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims has said the organization has been inundated with reports of racism, hate and violence against community members since Oct. 7, and Toronto Police have also seen an increase in antisemitic hate crimes.
WHY DO YOU SAY HAMAS JS TERRORIST ORGANIZATION ,
NO THEY ARE PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE.
Man gets into an altercation with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outside of Sheridan College in Brampton today 😮#Gazagenocide #ısrael #hamasattack #Istandwithisreal #OperationSwordsofIron… pic.twitter.com/yYyRmSDWSz
— FREEDOM_OF_SPEECH (@freedspch_GenXZ) November 13, 2023
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Je me souviens quand mes enfants avaient cet âge-là… le temps file. À tous les jeunes (et moins jeunes) que j’ai rencontrés au Seafood City Supermarket de Mississauga ce matin : je suis content d’avoir pu passer du temps avec vous aujourd’hui! pic.twitter.com/z9tnkWlaob
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 13, 2023