Some photos of the demos (courtesy of Mary Ellen Davis)
1 p.m. Sunday, November 18th
Hall Building, Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve West
A little over two weeks ago I was walking in the streets of Gaza. I was amazed how Israel could bombard this densely populated place in 2008-2009 and claim that it was trying to avoid civilian casualties. It is not possible to avoid civilians here. The whole world now knows that in that assault, most now call it a massacre, 1400 Palestinians were killed. Most of the casualties were civilians.
Now Israel is again targeting this little enclave, which has been described as the largest open air prison. Already, after four days, the death toll is at 40, which includes at least 17 civilians. There are hundred of badly injured, bleeding casualties in the overflowing hospitals. Due to the extended blackouts, hospitals rely on generators. When the fuel runs out (as has happened on several occasions), doctors are sometimes left in the dark while operating on a patient. Already last week, before the heavy bombardment started and over 50 Palestinians were wounded, there was very little morphine for analgesia (this information was coming form a Canadian medic on ground).
In the meantime, our media focus disproportionally on the rockets hitting Israel, which have had casualties, but much smaller ones. Our Canadian government has stated this:
“We fundamentally believe that Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens from terrorist threats.
“Far too often, the Jewish people find themselves on the front lines in the struggle against terrorism, the great struggle of our generation. Just last weekend, more than 100 rockets rained down on civilians in southern Israel from positions in the Gaza Strip.
“Canada condemns the terrorist group Hamas and stands with Israel as it deals with regional threats to peace and security.”
Not a single word about Gazans right to defend themselves, or about Palestinian civilians, women, children finding themselves on the front lines in the struggle against illegal occupation, landgrabs, killings, and woundings!
Please take your conscience, your humanity and come out on Sunday in large protest. Let Gaza hear a different voice than that of our callous government.
A short video of a massive explosion as Israeli bomb hits Gaza City residential area. It looks like an apartment block. A 20 second video, but what it means is loss of life, horrific injuries, grief, and loss of homes for many.