Red paint dripped over the window decal featuring the picture of the Ontario MPP Leader, while large lettering on office paper read, “FREE PALESTINE BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS.”
She spoke with reporters Tuesday morning and said that the crime shows a divided community but does not name who’s at fault.
“This is a time to unite people not divide them, and I think the government has really inflamed some of those divisions and made things really murky for a lot of people.”
Stiles had fired MPP Sarah Jama over the controversial remarks she made on X (formerly known as Twitter). Just days after the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, Jama referred to Israel as an "apartheid state," and called for an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation while Hamas at the time held over 200+ hostages.
She condemned the “violence and retaliation rooted in settler colonialism.”
She took part in an "ALL OUT FOR GAZA" rally on Thanksgiving day, October 9, in Toronto. During the event, explicit calls were made to celebrate the successful attack against civilians, which had resulted in over 1300+ Israelis being killed.
Premier Ford called for her resignation and proposed an official censure motion over her comments. In response, Jama sent a cease and desist legal letter to the premier. Stiles explained that this action was not coordinated with the party staff, which is the reason she was let go in connection with the ordeal.
The NDP Leader stated that Jama had "undertaken a number of unilateral actions that undermined their collective work and eroded the trust of her colleagues."
Adding that "Ms. Jama’s actions have contributed to unsafe work environments for staff."