Close to two hundred people showed up to the Vancouver Art Gallery this afternoon in a demonstration for peace in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.
“I hope that Canadians understand that we’re really supporting the same kind of democratic rights and freedoms that they do,” said Saar Regev. ”It’s not a demonstration it’s a peace rally, we’re here to show support for Israel for it’s right to defend itself.”
The message by many at the rally – organized by Israeli-Canadians – is for peace and asking Canadians to make an educated opinion on the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
“With the internet today, people can get a lot of information and they can choose. Whatever they choose, it should be for the right reasons,” said another demonstrator.
“Form your own opinion, but by all means, from an informed opinion and above all, because we’re in Canada, and because we’re Canadians, support civilized debate.”
The protestors gathered for about 3 hours.
Police on duty at the event say there was no violence and it was a peaceful rally.