Large pro-Israel rally planned for Parliament Hill today

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Prominent Jewish groups are set to host a rally on Parliament Hill this afternoon in solidarity with Israel.
    
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs says the event is meant to be a show of collective strength in the face of what it calls staggering antisemitism.
    
Speakers will include people whose family members were killed by Hamas militants on Oct. 7 and a Canadian woman whose Israeli cousin is among the hostages held in the Gaza Strip.
    
They also include deputy Conservative leader Melissa Lantsman and Liberal MP Anthony Housefather, along with the Israeli ambassador to Canada.
    
Organizers say they want to gather people who believe in Israel's right to exist and its need to defend itself against terror, and will call on the international community to push for the release of hostages held by Hamas.
    
Israel resumed deadly airstrikes on southern Gaza this weekend after a weeklong truce fell apart on Friday, with both sides blaming the other.