Palestinian Solidarity Demonstrations Continue in Montreal
Rain or shine, solidarity marches, vigils, and demonstrations continue to draw participation in the streets of Montreal.
Demonstrators gathered again yesterday evening at 5:30 p.m. by Mont-Royal metro station. Marching along St-Denis, participants waved banners and colourful umbrellas in protest of Harper government and opposition party support of Israel, which they perceive to be blatant complicity in the damage inflicted upon Palestinians by the IDF in Gaza. Their platform extends before and beyond the impacts of Operation Protective Edge, calling for an end to Israeli apartheid and implementation of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) strategies in Montreal.
Participants included community members of all backgrounds, including Orthodox Jews holding Israeli flags with the Star of David crossed out in red. This controversial symbolism raises alarms concerning attitudes towards Israel within Montreal, a city which supports a population of Israelis estimated to include between 8,000 and 10,000 expats according to Federation CJA.
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