Pro-Palestinian demonstration mourns Gaza deaths, condemns Canadian government

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Pro-Palestinian Montrealers gathered at Mount Royal Metro Wednesday evening to show their support for victims and survivors of the violence in Gaza during the current Israeli siege.

About 300 demonstrators, both Jews and Palestinians, joined hands and chanted slogans as they marched through the Plateau.

They mourned the loss of those killed and called for peace between Israel and Palestine.

Names and ages of the dead were displayed on posters held by protesters, many of them children.

The marchers want the Canadian government to reassess its staunch support of Israel's military siege in Gaza.

Demonstrator Sam Bick thinks John Baird's recent pro-Israeli comments went too far.

"We're also here to oppose Harper and the Conservative government who is supporting Israel in a way that probably extends Israeli civil society" says Bick "Giving Israel carte blanche to do whatever they want."

John Baird recently made statements in support of the Israeli offensive.

Demonstrator Mariam Haraz believes all these protests and new information might be swaying public opinion towards their cause.

"People are beggining to understand the whole situation," she says "so it's refeshing to see that so many people have decided to be pro Palestine"

Another demonstration is planned for Friday to be held in front of the Israeli consulate.

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  1. Trevor J Stebbing posted on 07/24/2014 02:42 AM
    Noted 1. To show their support for victims and survivors of the violence in Gaza during the current Israeli siege. 2. To lobby the Canadian government to recall its staunch support of Israel's military siege in Gaza. 3. To oppose Harper and the conservative government who is supporting Israel in a way that probably extends Israeli civil society" Notice NOT ONE MENTION ABOUT HAMAS FIRING DAILY MISSILES INTO ISRAEL. Is this Pro-Palestinian or Pro-Hamas ? I hope CSIS and the various Police forces are monitoring closely
  2. ric posted on 07/24/2014 07:39 AM
    I don't blame nor condemn neither the Jews nor the Palestinians for any of this. Stop blaming every government for those problems. The ONLY ones to blame are the Muslim extremists and hamas. They had plenty of opportunities for a truce, but they demand the world for it. Stop hiding behind women and children and face the world.
  3. Alex posted on 07/24/2014 08:46 AM
    "They mourned the loss of those killed and called for peace between Israel and Palestine."

    Calling for peace is a good start. but instead of condemning Harper, why don't these demonstrators condemn Hamas for firing missiles into Israel on a daily basis and for tunneling into Israel to kidnap and kill Israelis? Hamas obviously doesn't won't peace. As one other poster here points out, there's not one word about Hamas firing missiles into Israel, which has been going on for years.
  4. Murray posted on 07/24/2014 10:46 AM
    2 months or so ago three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas (and murdered in cold blood). That resulted in Hamas members in the West Bank being arrested in order to question them. Hamas in Gaza began to fire rockets indiscriminately into Israel. Israel eventually began to attack military targets in Gaza from the air and more recently from the ground. As of this morning 732 have died in Gaza and around 4,000 have been wounded. Hamas and Hamas alone is responsible for their deaths/injuries as they launched an offensive against Israel and as the Canadian (and other) govt. has mentioned, Israel has every right to defend itself.
    The Canadian government deserves to be commended for supporting Israel in the face of terrorism and hopefully along with other countries will take appropriate action so that terrorists do not have opportunity to control Gaza, so that there will eventually be a chance for a long overdue and lasting peace.
  5. Richard posted on 07/24/2014 11:08 AM
    Don't like what this country is doing? Well no-one is forcing you to stay here. Go there and protest....see what happens....Then you will think twice before condemning this country
  6. Alex posted on 07/24/2014 11:50 AM
    These demonstrators would have far fewer or no deaths to mourn if Hamas didn't: 1) provoke Israel by incessantly firing rockets at its civilian population; 2) place its rocket launchers and rockets in and around schools, hospitals, homes and so on; and 3) order women and children to stay put with full knowledge that an Israeli strike is on its way. Incidentally, what kind of protection does Hamas provide Gazans with? Hamas invites Israeli fire on Gazan targets but provides no protection for Gazans. They can build tunnels but not bomb shelters? Sounds like a perverse game of human sacrifice.
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