On this foggy Tuesday night, it's a small group of peaceniks that's gathered outside the Israeli consulate to add their voices to calls for peace in the Middle East.
A ceasefire was announced earlier in the day, but these Toronto Jewish Network for Social Justice members clutching candles are just as concerned about the divide in the peace movement that the recent tumult in Israel and the Occupied Territories has caused.
More than 100 Palestinians are dead, but few among the Jewish peace types on the political left, it seems, have been willing to condemn the violent excesses on the Israeli side.
Even some members of Peace Now, historically the Israeli government's staunchest critics, have been pointing fingers at the Palestinians, the same people on whose behalf they'd been fighting on the peace front.
"The left is in a troubled state," says Ronnee Jaeger, one of the protestors outside the Israeli consulate. She works with Bat Shalom, a feminist group in Israel.
Here, relations between the Canadian chapter of Peace Now and the Arab community whose cause they've been pushing both here and abroad have also been strained.
A tumultuous week of protests and vandal attacks on Palestine House and Jewish synagogues has seen to that.
Only a few short months ago, Canadian Friends of Peace Now was arranging for the clear passage of a "peace bus" into the West Bank, where it's being used as a daycare centre by Arab children.
Now, the group's co-president, Erez Enzel, wonders whether the Palestinians are committed to peace at all. "When you see mobs acting like animals, how are you going to negotiate with these people?"
He's called local Palestine House president Rashad Saleh to register his concern about the "Death to Israel" slogans some in the Arab community have been shouting during protests in the streets.
Simon Rosenblum, a past president of Peace Now, presently works for the Canadian Jewish Congress and promotes the Israeli government side in the peace process.
He says it's no surprise that Israelis in the peace movement are feeling shock now that the Palestinians have seemingly rejected the accords that peace types fought so hard to bring about.
It's a shift well noted by Ben Carniol of the Toronto Jewish Network for Social Justice. Both sides, he says, have become so polarized that even Jews sympathetic to the Palestinian cause are rallying around the Israeli flag.
"The communal pressure becomes enormous," Carniol says. "It's not just an intellectual exercise any more. When there's fear, you have the closing of ranks."
Carniol says there are factions on both sides that don't want peace. He's seen it first hand himself while fighting against the demolition of Arab homes in Israel.
But he says frustration with the Israeli occupation and the building of Jewish settlements on disputed territory has sparked the latest round of violence.
"There's a risk of obscuring the primary fact that Israel holds the balance of military power and because of that has the primary responsibility for peace," says Carniol.
It's a vantage point that resonates with Rashad Saleh of Palestine House. "There has to be peace,' he tells me, standing under a white dove at a subdued candlelight vigil Friday night. "There's no other way.'
Nearby, many of those walking silently in a procession are refugees. Ghada Khouri's mother lives in Ramallah, the site of Israel's Friday bombing. "I haven't been able to reach her," she says. "The peace process is a fiasco."
Fast forward to Sunday afternoon, when one glance at the demo organized by Palestine House and other Arab groups suggests that this movement is startlingly heterogeneous.
Two large Hezbollah flags, with the trademark assault rifle, are featured prominently as 2,000-plus protestors march from the U.S. consulate on University to the Israeli consulate on Bloor West.
Spokespeople are quick to explain that chants by Muslims in the crowd are not a call to arms but a call to God for help. An Israeli flag is burned, and when organizers jump in, another Israeli flag appears and is set on fire.
Saleh says in a subsequent interview with NOW that the original plans were for a vigil, but "if you have in the crowd people with relatives hurt in the clashes, it's very difficult to control.'
He says the Jewish community shouldn't read too much into the waving of Hezbollah flags by Arabs at the rally.
"We have people who support all stripes," Saleh says. "When you start marching, you can't tell people to put down their flags. Hezbollah is a presence in the West Bank, and we understand that."
Saleh's explanations are small comfort to some Jewish leaders, who put synagogues across the city on high alert this past weekend while Jews celebrated Sukkot, a remembrance of the wandering in the desert before reaching the promised land.
At services throughout the weekend at Beth Tzedec, one of the city's more liberal synagogues -- here, men sit with women, and the uninitiated are welcome -- the mood was one of demoralization.
The collapse of the peace process has affected this congregation more than others. Roy Tanenbaum, the former associate rabbi here, had his synagogue in Syracuse, New York, firebombed on the weekend.
Rabbi Baruch Frydman Kohl wonders where the mosques and churches are, now that local tensions have reached the boiling point. "All this interfaith dialogue," Kohl says, "and I've been called by one minister."
Back outside the Israeli consulate, Carniol says a ceasefire is not enough. He says it's time to return immediately to the negotiating table, before extremists on both sides sow more discord.
He glances over at the clutch of protestors standing vigil with him this evening, handing out flyers to passersby.
He figures there's still hope. "Before, anyone (in Israel) who suggested peace with the Arabs was repudiated and jailed," Carniol says. "It was small groups like these that turned the tide."
WHAT THE 1993 ACCORD WITH ISRAEL HAS MEANT FOR PALESTINIANS:
Since 1993, 140,000 dunums (about 59,000 hectares) of land have been confiscated by Israeli settlers in the Occupied Territories (OT)
Total number of Israeli settlements in the OT: 195
Unemployment rate Gaza and the West Bank: 11.8 per cent
Poverty rate: 23.3 per cent
Number of arrests of Palestinians by Israeli police solely on suspicion, from 1993 to 98: 880
Percentage of its 2000 budget spent by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on policing: 35
Percentage spent on health: 10
Number of human rights complaints by Palestinians against the PNA in 1998: 825
Percentage increase from 1997: 97