In the wake of the the turmoil that has erupted between Palestine and Israel, some Vancouverites say it’s on them to spread the message of support for their friends and family back home.
While she could be at the beach soaking in the sun, 16 year old Palestinian Dania Awartani says she’s participating in a rally against Israeli attacks on Gaza – saying she thinks this is a problem based around basic human rights and she can’t just stand by and observe.
“There’s a reason we can’t really go back home, because you know we don’t really have a home anymore to go back to. And I don’t think it’s fair that the living conditions there are so chaotic.”
“You know my own friends, their cousins…we’ve just heard word that they’ve been killed.”
Awartani explains she has had to sit there and watch as her friends mourn the loss of family members as the killing continues.
She hopes today’s protest can open the eyes of Canadians around her.
Awartani along with the other protesters explain they choose to rally because this is a problem based around basic human rights.
A problem they feel all humans should want to be a part of putting a stop to.
Image from New York Times