Jacqui Rivers Vital was in Ottawa visiting her family when she learned of the carnage unfolding in Israel on October 7. Her daughter, Adi Vital-Kaploun lived on a kibbutz on the border with Gaza with her husband and two young children. A second daughter lived on another kibbutz in the area. Her husband was visiting with Adi. Jacqui tells STLV in detail about the nightmare she faced to unravel the barbarism that befell her family, in real time; the murder of Adi and the Hamas exploitation of her 3-year-old grandson in a propaganda video. And more. And then there is the unfathomable absence of the Government of Canada, starting at the top, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Melanie Joly. Only Canada’s storied RCMP – the police force in the iconic red serge uniforms – supported and helped Jacqui. If you want to skip to the policy and conduct of the Canadian government, start at 23:20, more or less. But you really should listen to the whole thing. It is an unfathomable story. The world must not turn away. Thank you, Jacqui, for sharing it with us.
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