VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Downtown Vancouver is at a standstill this afternoon, as an indication to help Palestine strikes by way of the downtown core.
Earlier than marching by way of the streets and eventually congregating on the U.S. Embassy, a couple of hundred individuals gathered at West Georgia and Howe Streets carrying masks and socially distancing, to denounce the latest assaults on Gaza and Sheikh Jarrah.
The protest is organized by the Canadian Palestine Affiliation, together with help and endorsement from Jewish Voices Vancouver and Socialist Motion B.C.
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On the Fb occasion web page, the organizers say, “Might 15 marks 73 years of Palestinian dispossession and makes an attempt to erase Palestine from the map of the world. It additionally marks a long time of Palestinian resistance and refusal to just accept Israeli settler-colonialism and occupation.”
The tensions started in east Jerusalem earlier this month, with Palestinian protests in opposition to the Sheikh Jarrah evictions and Israeli police measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque, a frequent flashpoint situated on a mount within the Outdated Metropolis revered by Muslims and Jews.
The most recent outburst of violence started in Jerusalem and has unfold throughout the area, with Jewish-Arab clashes and rioting in blended cities of Israel. There have been additionally widespread Palestinian protests Friday within the occupied West Financial institution, the place Israeli forces shot and killed 11 individuals.
An Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise constructing in Gaza Metropolis that housed places of work of The Related Press and different media retailers on Saturday, the newest step by the army to silence reporting from the territory amid its battle with the militant group Hamas.
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The spiraling violence has raised fears of a brand new Palestinian “intifada,” or rebellion at a time when there have been no peace talks in years. Palestinians on Saturday have been marking Nakba (Disaster) Day, once they commemorate the estimated 700,000 individuals who have been expelled from or fled their houses in what was now Israel throughout the 1948 conflict surrounding its creation. That raised the potential of much more unrest.
Since Monday evening, Hamas has fired a whole bunch of rockets into Israel, which has pounded the Gaza Strip with strikes. In Gaza, at the least 139 individuals have been killed, together with 39 kids and 22 ladies; in Israel, eight individuals have been killed, together with the demise Saturday of a person killed by a rocket that hit in Ramat Gan, a suburb of Tel Aviv.
– With information from The Related Press