The rallies emerge from a combination of simmering discontent and skilled planning—with some of that anger being driven by disinformation, says a risk analyst.

Canada and other countries have seen a steady stream of protests against Israel and in support of Palestine since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack and Israel’s subsequent declaration of war. Groups of various ideological mantles have been driving the movement, calling for the destruction of Israel and saying Canada is complicit in “genocide.”

Pro-Palestinian, leftist, and student groups are organizing actions, sometimes jointly, and use social media to announce events and share their messages.

A 30-year veteran of Canada’s intelligence community sees the scale and regularity of the protests as emerging from a combination of simmering discontent and skilled organizing.

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