Gaza 'solidarity' vigil
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
HUNDREDS of people are expected to turn out at Newry Town Hall tonight in a "display of solidarity" with the people of Gaza.
The organisers of the vigil, describing themselves as "a small but resolute group of friends", have called on the people of Newry to attend the vigil and to bring placards, banners and flags.
The group - Newry Vigil for Gaza - has come together as tensions increase in the Gaza strip amid a rising death toll and international outcry at the "indiscriminate" actions of the Israeli Defence Forces.
Commenting on the situation in the troubled region, a spokesperson for the group told the Democrat: "As the death toll rises in Israel's latest onslaught on Gaza, we call on the people of Newry to show their solidarity with the people of Palestine, to show their opposition to this latest round of brutal attacks on Gaza and their anger at political inaction and media misreporting of the slaughter.
“We have watched with growing horror the indiscriminate attacks on homes, hospitals and refugee camps by the Israeli Defence Forces and we feel that we cannot sit idly by as passive observers to the genocide taking place in Palestine. We would ask people to come along and show their support.
“We are calling on our politicians and world governments and people of influence to apply diplomatic pressure to bring an end to the violence and pave the way for negotiations and talks.
“We ask that people come out and join us and show their support for a resolution to the worsening situation in Palestine."
At least 172 Palestinians have lost their lives since Israel's offensive began seven days ago, officials in Gaza say.
The dead are said to include 18 members of one family who died in an Israeli missile strike on Saturday evening.
Tonight's vigil at Newry Town Hall starts at 7.30pm.
Meanwhile, a white line picket in support of Palestine will take place at Bridge Street in Newry on Thursday (July 17) at 7pm. Republican Network for Unity, who have organised the picket, said it is open to everyone.
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