President Gertler’s message to the U of T community on the conflict in the Middle East

More than a week has passed since the tragic events of October 7 – beginning with the unspeakable atrocities committed by Hamas against Israeli civilians, actions that shocked and horrified many around the world.

Since then, we have watched in horror and dread as the number of Palestinian civilian casualties has soared following Israel’s military response. We have also reacted with shock and concern as food, water, and electricity have been withheld from Gaza, creating untold hardship for many Palestinians.

We continue to express our profound grief for the victims of violence on both sides of this conflict – Jews and Arabs, inhabitants of Gaza and Israel.