I got an e-mail out of the blue last week from a non-Jewish Canadian from Calgary.
I was so moved by the e-mail that I asked for permission to share parts of it here on my blog. I was impressed by the moral courage expressed, and simply by the fact that an individual wanted to do something about the antisemitism in Calgary. I urged this citizen not to act alone as we have seen that the pro-Hamas hot heads have no compunction whatsoever about beating up women and older people.
It is also important to connect good people so that together, they can make things happen. That means making public officials accountable, making police do their jobs as well.
Here is some of what was sent to me. Remember, I do not know this individual personally. We have never met, yet we are united by so many moral concepts. I feel very privileged that this person decided to reach out to me, and even more grateful that I could make a connection for this person to other like-minded Calgarians.
I have permission to share excerpts from our correspondence and have removed the identifying details:
"Dear Laura, today I am writing you to ask for your opinion. [I refer to] Sara Bernamoff, a beautiful young Jewish girl, who was hit in the head and face and kicked when she was on the ground. This happened in Calgary at a Pro Palestine rally. I am extremely upset and every time I see her face I want to cry. This cannot happen again in Calgary."
"This what I thought I would do. I would like to make a sign which reads CALGARIANS LOVE AND PROTECT OUR JEWS."
"Then I want to wear a small crucifix and walk back and forth in front of Calgary City Hall."
"I am sixty-eight, a white Catholic Canadian and I am very aware that I am putting myself in danger. But I still want to do it."
"In the past I have not done anything, because in truth I am afraid of what some Muslim would do."
"But now it is time for me to something."
"Our Canada is changing.""We have to have courage today, we have no other choice."
"May G-d Bless and Keep you Laura"
G-d bless you, too my friend.
Please contact me by e-mail if you are in the Calgary area and want to join courageous Calgarians like my correspondent, and want to make a difference.
As Ezra says: Calgary is not a Jew-free zone. We live in Canada, not Gaza. For more about Ezra's upcoming rally, please see Calgary For Israel. The rally will be Thursday, July 31.