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Guelphites and Students Rally for Gaza

Monday, January 19, 2009

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Written by Andrew Garvie

This Saturday (Jan 17, 2008), around one hundred people braved the freezing temperatures to attend a "Peaceful Guelph Gaza Rally" at City Hall. It was organized by a variety of individuals (many of whom are University of Guelph students) as well as campus and community groups. Participants were present to "stand in solidarity" with the people of Gaza where over 1300 Palestinians have died in the last three weeks, including over 400 children.

The crowd gathered to listen to a line-up of speakers that included students, activists, Muslim community members and an ex-sergeant in the Israeli Army. Earlier this week, Canada was the only country on the UN rights panel with 47 members to refuse to condemn the military offensive in Gaza. Protesters expressed outrage and questioned whether Canada's self-identified label as "world peacemaker" is warranted.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced a ceasefire later in the day on Saturday but the situation remains very unstable and humanitarian aid is needed desperately by Gaza residents. Olmert has given no timetable for withdrawing Israeli troops from Gaza.

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  1. Posted by: on Jan 19, 2009 @ 7:55pm

    Go Guelph !!! :)

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