Vancouverites rally in support of peace in Gaza

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Vancouverites rally in support of peace in Gaza

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


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  1. Just remember this: if the Palestinians gave up their arms there would be Peace tomorrow, if Israel gave up their arms there would be a Blood bath of the Jews tomorrow. In Canada everyone has a right to demonstrate. I only ask that you Just be aware of what You are demonstrating for or against.

    • I would say, who is not palestinian will never ever reach the way of thinking about their land and about their kids how they kidnapped or killed, Israel occupied our land on 1948, will ever never live in peace, Hamas or any other JIHAD against Israel is legal 100% since we are defending our land, ( think about this 1 min. – someone comes and take your house because he said it was his grandgrandgrandgrandgrandgrandgrandgrandfather, ?? ) and you comes and telling me Israel has the right to kill Palestinians because they trying to survive in their own land. History is very clear but the media are doing great job for Israel, UK assign the palestine land to Jew’s people in 1917, you know why?? and about stoping the rockets?? hamas start the rockets on July 1st. !! Israel are killing and destroying homes and steeling lands evrey day since 1948……Never stopped……. we signed the peace agreements on 1994 and they still access the 1967 land the day they want and arrest and one they don’t like?? since 1994 the peace agreement and till today Israel did not start on it. read History. Thanks for reading and please read the real history.

      • The real history of the region . . . before the end of WW I the area called Palestine, named by the Romans 2000 years ago before izzzzlam ever existed, was taken by the British who defeated the Ottoman Empire.
        A tiny area of Biblical Israel was set aside by the Balfour Declaration for a future home for the J*ws in 1926. The Country of Jordan was created for the arabs and exists to this day.
        After WW II in 1948 the UN unanimously declared Israel a state. But their intolerant neighbors declared war the next day. Egypt, Syria, and the rest told the arabs living in the new state to leave the country as they were going to drive the J*ws into the sea. This of course has happened many times since 1948 and every time Israel has Won.
        The arab states could have accommodated the now homeless arabs on the Gaza Strip . . . but preferred to leave them there for decades as political pawns.

        There has never been a state of Palestine and was never a flag till 1967.

        Israel is a free democratic society, with arabs and jews living together, arabs even can be elected to the Israeli legislature.
        Gaza on the other hand is the source of decades of terrorism, in spite of the Fact that Israel pulled out of Gaza 9 years ago . . . nothing has changed, the residents elected a “Terrorist” government and still teach their children to Hate . . . they are a completely disfunctional society.

        • Well written and fact based. Something that anti-Israel Hamas supporters should read up on before they judge the Israeli response to Hamas rockets…which is the equivalent to firing rockets from Blaine into White Rock 50 times a day. Unfortunately so many Gaza Palestinians are so radicalized and damaged that they are even rejected by other Arabs. But as you say, the Arabs need Gaza to be their poster child. Meanwhile their priority is to build another ski hill in the worlds biggest shopping mall while they wait for their next fleet of Rolls.

  2. yes if Hamas would quit putting rockets into Israeli their would be no retaliation. as long as Hamas firers rockets into Israeli the war will go on. the people in Gaza have to stand up to the Palestine and chase them out. the people that live their are responsible for what is happening. if their is a mad dog with rabbis you would not put up with it. there is some fanatics that will never give up. the Palestine people have to stand up to Hamas and get rid of them. from watching the news there is no way that Israeli will stand down.

    • Back in the 80s . . . a left-leaning woman employed by the UN went to Palestine to write a book about the plight of the so-called Palestinians. To her surprise she could not find a family, back in the 80s that had lived there THREE Generations.

      Consider that in 1936, Haj Amin Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, later a collaborator with Hitler and the father of many of today’s radical Islamic movements, had this to say about living in peace with the neighboring Jews: “There is no place in Palestine for two races. The Jews left Palestine 2,000 year ago, let them go to other parts of the world, where there are wide vacant places.”

      In contrast, in 1937, David Ben Gurion, later to be Israel’s first Prime Minister, said, “We do not wish and do not need to expel Arabs and take their place. All our aspiration is built on the assumption – proven throughout all our activity in the Land of Israel – that there is enough room in the country for ourselves and the Arabs.”

      Ten years later, when the U.N. had proposed separate states for the Jews and the Arabs, Golda Meir said, “We are happy and ready for what lies ahead. Our hands are extended in peace to our neighbors. Both States can live in peace with one another and cooperate for the welfare of their inhabitants.”

      And Ben Gurion invited the Arabs living in what would be the new state of Israel to remain among them as partners (which many of them did, and they have grown from 200,000 then to 1.6 million today): “If the Arab citizen will feel at home in our state . . . if the state will help him in a truthful and dedicated way to reach the economic, social, and cultural level of the Jewish community, then Arab distrust will accordingly subside and a bridge will be built to a Semitic, Jewish-Arab alliance.”

      In stark contrast, Azzam Pasha, Secretary of the Arab League, would have none of it, calling instead for an all-out war against Israel: “It will be a war of annihilation. It will be a momentous massacre in history that will be talked about like the massacres of the Mongols or the Crusades.”

      And so, the five surrounding Arab nations attacked Israel and were defeated in a war that was costly and difficult for everyone, resulting in about 800,000 Jewish refugees who fled from the neighboring Muslim countries and about 600,000 Arab refugees who fled from the war on Israel.

      What happened to those refugees? Most of the Jewish refugees were absorbed by the fledgling State of Israel; the Arab refugees were not absorbed by their neighboring countries.

      Why? Because they were used as human pawns against Israel, to the point that in 1959, the Arab League passed Resolution 1457: “The Arab countries will not grant citizenship to applicants of Palestinian origin in order to prevent their assimilation into the host countries.”

    • LOL!! George Galloway and Jimmy Carter are people who’s words and opinions you think we should accept as the truth?? Good luck with that rather selective use of youtube video.Neither one of those guys is considered credible outside of their own living rooms.

    • Perhaps this is a little closer to reality . . .

      In 2012, the Palestinian Mufti, one of the senior Islamic leaders, repeated a well-known Muslim Hadith (authoritative tradition): “The Hour [of Resurrection] will not come until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind stones or trees. Then the stones or trees will call: ‘Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’”

      But let us not forget where the ultimate blame lies for the suffering of the Palestinian people: It lies at the feet of their leadership, and shifting the blame to Israel will do these suffering Palestinians no good at all.

  3. Palestinians have refused to take the road to their own state. “Not only are the Palestinian territories (West Bank and Gaza Strip) divided between two warring factions (Fatah and Hamas), it is also undeniable that both cantons have failed to function as governments.”

    “The Palestinian Authority and its antecedents have been beset by bad governance.” That is a major understatement and the pattern was set by the late, unlamented Yassir Arafat who spurned then-President Clinton’s offer of a Palestinian state on some 95% of the West Bank and 100% of Gaza.

    In addition to the enemies on its borders, the other center of opposition to Israel has always been the United Nations which, to this day, maintains an agency devoted exclusively to the so-called Palestinian refugees. On November 29, the UN celebrates an annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people.

    The Palestinians have endured kleptomaniacs who have plundered the wealth donated to their cause, as literally billions disappeared into secret bank accounts of Arafat and his cronies, and now Abbas and his. The PA has been a rat-hole of corruption and still is.

  4. To avoid civilian casualties, Israel is dropping leaflets, using radio, TV and social media to forewarn those living next to strategically placed rocket launchers. Meanwhile Hamas thugs armed with AK47s are preventing Gaza families from safely evacuating target areas so they can be carried out in body bags in front of CNN cameras. As long as Hamas is willing to to sacrifice 1000 Palestinians if they can take even one Jewish life, there will never be peace.

  5. Dear friends,

    First of all – I wish we all live in peace and quiet!
    Some facts on the Israeli army.

    1. There is no army in the world that keeps supplying gas, food and medicines to Gaza while Hamas is attacking with bombs.
    2. There is no army that sends a warnings and massages and even call the civilians before attacking the target.
    3. There is no army that gives medical treatments to the civilians of gaza while Hamas is attacking with bombs
    4. There is no army that stop his attacks and wait while in the same time the other side keep send bombs all over Israel
    So maybe some of you right and not all his activities are humanity – but be sure that no army in the world – was or will be humanity as the Israeli army
    For all the Arabs that taking about the history –
    It is a fact – Israel is our home
    the choice is in your hand: You can choose to be good neighbors and this will brings several
    benefits to the all area !
    Hope for better days .