Pro-Palestinian demonstrators endorse Israeli boycott

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Hundreds of Montrealers hit the streets again Friday night, protesting against the recent Israeli military action in Gaza.

Starting from Place Emilie Gamlin and marching three different loops throughout Montreals downtown, protestors occasionally lie down in busy intersections.

Organizers say blocking traffic temporaily is intended to demonstrate that while Canadians enjoy their Friday evening, many Palestinians are fleeing for their lives.

For 6 hours straight protestors march and chant pro-palestinian slogans in solidarity with those fallen in the recent conflict.

Some are ashamed of the Canadian government for their un-critical support of Israel.

Demonstrator Kevin Lo says he feels betrayed by a government too cowardly to defend Palestinians on the international stage.

"I think we're not being respresented by any political party here on what is really, in terms of ineternational law, completely disgusting and completely wrong." says Lo

Demonstrators intend to talk with their wallets, by boycotting a list of companies like McDonalds, Coca Cola, and Starbucks that they say support Israeli interests.

Protestor Ahmed Hamed is of Palestinian decent, he says that Harpers support for Israel is contrary to Canada's reputation of being a nation that protects international human rights.

"The Canadian government should take a step forward" he says "support democracy and support rights for everybody, support human rights."

The protest ended peacefully, and many protestors plan to boycott Israeli products at least until the conflict in Gaza comes to an end.

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  1. Jack posted on 08/02/2014 12:06 AM
    I wonder how many of these protesters recognize Israel's right to exist and how many support Hamas, a terrorist organization..

    Also, Harper is courageous for his steadfast support for Israel. Israel never attacks unprovoked. It is merely defending itself from the constant barrage of rockets from Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip (and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon). Hamas and Hezbollah are notoriously anti-Semitic and deny Israel's right to exist.
  2. Natasha Armstron posted on 08/02/2014 10:33 AM
    I am glad to see people standing up for the slaughter of the Palestinians. Their weapons are like toys, compared to what Israel has. How much longer is the international community going to stand by, and see the state of Israel annihilate human beings as though they are insects? If you possess one ounce of humanity, and care to investigate the truth, you will see the truth.

    Apparently, the government of Israel will not be content, until they decimate Gaza completely. What right have they to do that?
    1. JohnH- posted on 08/03/2014 01:55 PM
      @Natasha Armstron Natasha, the world doesn't care! All these people fighting for what? Religion? Your all wrong. Keep fighting until there is a winner. Then the world will deal with that country. Oh' by the way keep all that BS in your own countries. You came here for peace than keep the peace. Otherwise, there are flights leaving daily for the war of your choice. Don't let the door hit in the ass on the way out!
  3. Athena posted on 08/04/2014 01:35 AM
    Meanwhile, Islamic State (ISIS) keeps butchering thousands of muslims left and right in the middle east with their mission of a new caliphate. And for that nobody says zip. I wonder how many of these social warriors are planning to protest that as well, or if this is just another exercise in anti-semitism masked as a protest by the usual muslim population.
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