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‘Bring Them Home’: Jewish London hosts silent vigil and exhibit outside London city hall

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A silent vigil and exhibit was stagged outside city hall in London, Ont., on Tuesday afternoon, calling for the safe return of those who were kidnapped by Hamas on Oct. 7.

240 chairs were set up representing those who were taken by Hamas on Oct. 7

Chairs set up with photos of those kidnapped by Hamas, along with blue balloons, outside London City Hall.
A silent vigil and exhibit outside City Hall in London, Ont., on Nov. 13, 2023, calling for the safe return of those kidnapped by Hamas. (Travis Dolynny/CBC)

A silent vigil and exhibit was set up outside city hall by London’s Jewish community on Tuesday, calling for the safe return of those who were kidnapped by Hamas on Oct. 7.

There were 240 chairs set up in Reginald Cooper Square, across from Victoria Park, each with a photo of someone who was taken hostage by Hamas when they launched their initial attack against Israel.

“I think in our community there’s still a tremendous amount of fear and uncertainty in terms of where these hostages are,” said Rob Nagus, the executive director of Jewish London. “Are they safe? Are they even alive?”

The exhibit features toys and other items to represent the ages and interests of those who are being held hostage by Hamas.
The exhibit features toys and other items to represent the ages and interests of those who are being held hostage by Hamas. (Travis Dolynny/CBC)

Each chair also has a blue balloon tied to it, along with a number of belongings to show the age or interests of those kidnapped.

“We’re trying to rally our community who is grieving right now and make sure that they feel supported, that they feel listened to,” said Nagus.

Each chair has a blue balloon tied to it, representing the main colour of Israeli flag.
Each chair has a blue balloon tied to it, representing the main colour of Israeli flag. (Travis Dolynny/CBC)

The display will be set up until 6 p.m. Tuesday, with the singing of the Hatikvah at 3 p.m.

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