As tensions between Israel and the Palestinian group, Hamas, increase, a loud but peaceful crowd of up to 150 people took to Ottawa streets Friday to protest Isreal’s military action along the Gaza Strip.
Just hours after a rocket fired from Gaza hit Jerusalem for the first time in over 30 years, the crowd assembled at the Israeli embassy at O’Connor and Albert streets, chanting and waving Palestinian flags.
“We know that the majority of people killed in Gaza are civilians. We know that (Israel) is more interested in attacking civilian populations than brokering peace and this comes on the eve of an election in Israel,” said Dylan Penner, an organizer with the Ottawa Peace Assembly.
“We’re calling on the Canadian government to end its complicity in these crimes and for the opposition parties to stand up and demand real peace which means ending its attacks on civilians,” says Penner.