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Toronto: Massive Protests Against Israeli Assault on Gaza


From late last year up until January of this year, protests were being held regularly all over the world to bring an end to the latest Israeli attack on Gaza.  Toronto was no different. I drove down to witness the intense atmosphere myself.  Thousands of  protesters, outraged by these attacks, marched in front of the US and Israeli embassies in Toronto downtown in peak of winter to voice their opinions.

The anger of the protesters was justified, in my opinion. SSPX0015

Over 1,000 people had died and every human rights organization had demanded Israel to end its assault yet Canadian leaders refused even a condemnation. Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff stated “Israel has the right to self-defense“, and the Harper government refused to condemn Israel’s attacks on Gaza recently at a United Nations Human Rights Council.

Canada is the only country, out of 47 others, to do so. There goes our neutral stance, and our image of being a fair arbiter of justice! This conflict should not be a religious/political issue. It’s a violation of human rights, and that’s how it should be treated.

The UN motion called “for the immediate cessation of Israeli military attacks throughout the Palestinian Occupied Territory, in particular in the Occupied Gaza Strip that have resulted, thus far, in the killing of more than 900 and the injury to more than 4000 Palestinians, including a large number of women and children, and the end to the launching of the crude rockets against Israeli civilians that resulted in the loss of 4 civilian lives and some injuries

The motion called for both parties to show restraint, yet we voted against it, which just begs the question: Why? Are we against the idea of bringing an end to the war?

It’s not like I believe Canada voting for the motion would’ve brought an end to the assault, but a vote against it surely compromises our position as a neutral party. Majority of the citizens wanted an end to the war and the massive protests all acorss Canada were a testament to it. We can’t even convince our own government through these protests, how can we  convince anyone else?

So much for democracy.



October 6, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Cool blogpost, I did not thought reading it was going to be so cool when I looked at your title with link!

    Comment by Delfflegest | December 12, 2009 | Reply

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