Guelphites and Students Rally for Gaza
Monday, January 19, 20091 Comment
The crowd gathered to listen to a line-up of speakers that included students, activists, Muslim community members and an ex-sergeant in the Israeli Army. Earlier this week, Canada was the only country on the UN rights panel with 47 members to refuse to condemn the military offensive in Gaza. Protesters expressed outrage and questioned whether Canada's self-identified label as "world peacemaker" is warranted.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced a ceasefire later in the day on Saturday but the situation remains very unstable and humanitarian aid is needed desperately by Gaza residents. Olmert has given no timetable for withdrawing Israeli troops from Gaza.