In light of the recent horrifying escalation in violence in Gaza, community members are called upon to gather this Friday, October 20th, at 6:00 pm at City Hall. The rally will call for an immediate cessation of the indiscriminate bombing of Gaza and an end to the blockade.
Since October 7, the Israeli government has laid siege to Gaza, leaving 2.3 million people without essential resources like food, water, fuel, and electricity. Their attacks have intensified, specifically targeting hospitals harbouring thousands, residential structures, and even evacuation routes. The results of these actions are heartbreaking: more than 4,000 lives lost, with over 1,000 being children. Currently, over 1.5 million Palestinians are internally displaced, and at least 47 families have been entirely erased from the Gaza civil registry.
Rimaz Abakar, a local resident, commented, “The situation in Gaza is not just a tragedy, it’s a humanitarian crisis. Every single day, innocent lives are taken, leaving families shattered. This isn’t just about “taking sides”; it’s purely about human decency and respect for life.”
The rally will be more than a call to end violence. It’s a journey of solidarity, taking a peaceful walk from City Hall at 99 Foster Drive, passing Ross Romano’s Office and culminating at MP Terry Sheehan’s office at 369 Queen Street E for a candlelight vigil.
Abakar adds, “Our strength lies in our unity. By coming together this Friday, we are sending a clear message that we stand with the children and the people of Gaza. It’s a plea to our government to not stay silent in the face of such egregious acts of violence.”
The community is urged to turn up in numbers and show their support for the people of
Palestine, ensuring their voices echo throughout the world.