Pro-Palestinian protest decries Israeli military action in Gaza

Photo: Kevin Gallagher

At least 2,000 pro-Palestinian supporters took to the streets in Montreal yesterday to protest Israel’s military action in Gaza and call for an end to the fighting.

Among them, Rasha Ayouby. She told CTV News her family was forced to leave Israel nearly 40 years ago, because of persecution towards Arab Palestinians.

"Ceasefire or no ceasefire what we need to look at are the root causes of this conflict and address them once and for all,” she said.

The demonstration was one of the largest held since the start of the conflict.

Many also expressed the need for a real solution to the Gaza conflict based in international law, and they believe that the actions of the Israeli army could constitute war crimes.

There was also condemnation of the Canadian government's stance on the conflict.

Protesters believe that Prime Minister Harper has taken a pro-Israeli stance, and that it has not helped the plight of Palestinians.

Pro-Israel supporters say Israel is only defending itself from a known terrorist group that uses it's own people as human shields.

Luciano del Negro, vice-president of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, says it's up to Hamas to make a change, as it is Hamas that has been putting its population in harm’s way.

"They will not refrain from using their own people to gain [an] international public relations victory,” he said.

Many protesters disagreed, arguing they want peace but don't believe Hamas is the source of the problem.

“The conflict is the expulsion of Palestinians not allowing them to come back, I am a living example of that—a lot of people here are living examples of that—so to just keep repeating this mantra that the conflict is about Hamas, is a deflection of what the true roots of this conflict are,” said Ayouby.

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  1. Richard posted on 08/10/2014 04:35 PM
    End all forms of Israeli Aggressions?
    So they should just sit there and be bombarded by rocket fire?

    There was also condemnation of the Canadian government's stance on the conflict?
    If you don't like how our country does things......go find another one
  2. Paul Handley posted on 08/10/2014 06:06 PM
    Ok so it's Ok to send rocket after rocket into Israel, targeting anything and anyone in it's path. It's OK to to hide in Mosques and UN schools. It's OK to use human shields. It's OK to have a policy of the complete destruction of Israel. Not hitting many Israelis is not and excuse for their attempt to do so. Those in Canada and the rest of the world who protest are echoing the anti-jewish sentiments of the axis powers in World War II.
  3. Barcham posted on 08/10/2014 07:02 PM
    Let me see here... on one side we have a legitimate country, the State of Israel, defending itself against Hamas, a terrorist group on the other side firing rockets from civilian areas into Israeli cities. And you expect me to support Hamas? Yeah, OK. good luck with that. May I suggest that the protestors go over to Gaza and help the citizens there evacuate their cities so that they can be levelled to the ground along with the Hamas terrorists who are to blame for this situation in the first place.
  4. M posted on 08/10/2014 09:45 PM
    Are these protesters aware of the cause of this conflict? Hamas has started this conflict, broke 6 cease fires is using their wives and children to protect their arsenal and get the media and " blinded" people to believe this is about occupation. Most straight thinking Muslims including myself put the full blame on Hamas, terrorist organization who only see one solution to this and all other Israeli conflicts "no Israel and no Jews".
  5. harry posted on 08/10/2014 10:01 PM
    "Israeli aggression" what a joke. Hamas kidnaps and kills innocent teens,shoots missiles into Israel... and Israel is the "aggressor".Typical arab propaganda!
  6. Paul posted on 08/11/2014 07:43 AM
    Another anti-Semitic march in Montreal... yes, how surprising indeed.
  7. Mary Newton posted on 08/11/2014 08:17 AM
    The Palestinians are lucky they are allowed to protest here. They should take it to their homeland and go fight the good fight over there. The Jewish people here have always been peaceful, not bothering anyone. Same as in Israel, leave Israel alone and they won't call out the military.
  8. arum hans posted on 08/11/2014 10:22 AM
    When the Israelis ended the stay in the PA, they left them with greehouses and other industrial "goodies" so that they could become productive and self-sufficient.
    So instead of using these "tools", they destroyed what could be used to generate income and started to manufacture rockets and missiles. In they event that they (God forbid) ever took over Israel, they would probably turn it back into a desert, complete with donkeys, man-powered plowshares and lacking great sources of water. They bitch continually and do not make an effort to co-exist with the Israelis who could be great partners in peace.
    They have to stop being professional victims and start trying to work out a viable deal that is fair for BOTH sides. Israel is not going to disappear. Radical Islam will not be able to get rid of that country. Get with it Palestinians... start talking seriously about peace WITH Israel...
    And if ever the Islamists were to even approach the destruction of Israel, the fate of the Middle East would be clear. The Jews are not walking to the death chambers again.
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