Rally for Middle East peace planned for Charlottetown

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Leo Broderick

A rally will be held in Charlottetown Thursday calling for peace in the Middle East and for the violence against the Palestinian people in Gaza to end.

Leo Broderick, with the Island Peace Committee and the Canadian Peace Alliance, says he believes more attention must be paid to the tragic killing and wounding of civilians in Gaza.

“Canadian politicians in all parties have turned a blind eye to the killing,” Broderick said.

“We need to show them that the people of P.E.I. and Canada are opposed to the collective punishment of civilians in Gaza and that we support peace and justice in the area — not violence.”

To date, many Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded. Most of the casualties are civilians, many of whom are women and children. As well, water and sewer systems in Gaza are being destroyed, said Broderick.

“We are calling for an end to the violence and to an end to the occupation as it is the primary cause of the injustice that underlies the violence in the region,” said Marian White with the Island Peace Committee.

The rally will be held on Thursday, July 17, at 1 p.m. at Province House.

Organizations: Island Peace Committee, Canadian Peace Alliance, Province House

Geographic location: Gaza, Middle East, Charlottetown P.E.I. Canada

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  • Lloyd
    July 17, 2014 - 08:25

    Allow no rallies for or against war on PEI Broderick is nothing but a troublemaker.

  • Retired Sailor
    July 17, 2014 - 06:18

    to Retired Soldier: Very well said! For myself, what I hear Leo Broderick saying is: If only Israel would lay down it's arms and allow itself to be totally obliterated, destroyed, and removed form the earth, then we could have peace in the middle east. Guess again, Leo .... it's not going to happen. These terrorists aren't going to stop until someone stops them.

  • Vick
    July 17, 2014 - 06:11

    I agree with you all hear about Leo 100% however you all do nothing about him, I for one confront him everytime I see him and tell him what kind of idiot he is! He needs more folks like yourselves confronting him ..he beleives he is a pei legend its sad......confront the clown and tell him how ya feel!

    • Slow Down
      July 17, 2014 - 08:01

      That sounds like bullying to me. You need to reevaluate why you feel so threatened by this peaceful man. I know nothing about him, other than that he speaks up for what he believes in, and I don't think that's a bad thing. What do you believe in?

  • Justin Simmonds
    July 17, 2014 - 05:51

    I really suggest people actually take a bit of time and research for themselves the history of this whole conflicts history instead of sucking up what our politicized 'news' media networks say! You will be astonished and outraged at how much mainstream media leaves out!! Did you ever hear of the APARTHEID wall erected to suffocate the people of Palestine? Or the mass demolition of hundreds of entire communities to build Jewish settlents?! An accurate analogy would b if charlottetown decided it wanted more land for their 'people' they just come into Cornwall with 100 bulldozers with no notice and start demolishing peoples' family homes! That happens on quite a regular basis! The countless United Nations violations that are broken and yet still America gives about $10,000,000 per day to these swine! Their are way too many atrocious things this state has done to innocent civilians to name here! I only ask that people do your own research on this topic because there are just way too many war crimes committed by Israel since 1948 to name here! I'm not a Broderick fan either! Just wanna clear that tidbit up lol

  • mad as hell
    July 17, 2014 - 04:57

    Old Scottish proverb: "You can live in peace as long as your neighbour lets you"

  • wallace
    July 16, 2014 - 20:15

    Perhaps Broderick and Boyd could pay attention to local issues, such as the plight of the poor. The City of Charlottetown has budgeted $ 2000.- for block parties, (one wonder where these crazy ideas come from), but in stead this money could buy a feed of fresh strawberries for a lot of kids, whose parents cannot afford such a treat. These two people good people have lost their way, - help on the home front, instead of chasing stardom.

  • Zain Esseghaier
    July 16, 2014 - 19:39

    I would like to state a few facts about the crisis in Gaza: 1. The failed ceasefire was concocted by Egypt’s al-Sisi, Tony Blair (former UK PM), Israel’s Netanyahu, and US Secretary of State Kerry. No wonder it was accepted by Israel. However, Hamas was not consulted. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz (July 16) states that “Senior Israeli officials and Western diplomats said the reason the Egyptian cease-fire initiative was so short-lived is that it was prepared hastily and was not coordinated with all the relevant parties, particularly Hamas.” 2. The failed ceasefire says that the blockade of Gaza will be lifted once calm has returned. But, the present ceasefire is the same as the ones agreed on in June 2008 and November 2012. In both cases, the – illegal - blockade of Gaza was supposed to be relaxed. Not only it did not, it actually worsened. The present ceasefire agreement was prepared in such a way as to have it rejected by Hamas, thus legitimizing Israel’s further aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza. 3. Israel was actually looking for a pretext to attack Hamas since the latter signed a reconciliation agreement with Fatah (the faction in charge of the West Bank). By doing so, Hamas agreed to abide by the political program of the Palestinian Authority, by the conditions of the Peace Quartet (its envoy being Tony Blair), and therefore accepted the idea of a two-state solution. Netanyahu was not happy about this development and wanted to break this agreement even though the US and Europe wanted to give this reconciliation a chance. Natanyahu used the pretext of the kidnapping in the West Bank of the three teenage settlers to blame Hamas and to arrest hundreds of Hamas members, killing or injuring several Palestinians, and ransacking and destroying homes without presenting any evidence. Netanyahu was pushing Hamas to react and it did by launching the so called rockets. Israeli governments were never really serious about any peace agreement. Look at the failure of the Oslo Accords. The Palestinians are actually brave in facing horrendous living conditions, daily humiliation, expropriation, and discrimination in their own land. Violence can never be justified but you can only push someone so far before he/she reacts in desperation. In 2008, Israel killed over 1400 Palestinians, 1200 of whom were civilians. So far as of today, July 16, over 220 Palestinians were killed and over 1600 injured the majority are civilians including a large percentage of women and children. How can anyone justify this horrible crime?

    • Really?
      July 16, 2014 - 22:08

      Than; you are saying the kidnapping and slaughter of the three Israel teenagers by Hamas should go unpunished???

  • not complicated
    July 16, 2014 - 17:29

    All that has to happen is for Hamas to stop firing rockets at Israel, every 2 or 3 years they gather up enough rockets to start a war and Israel is put in a position of self defence, we do peace a disservice by supporting this violence against Israel, the terrorist group Hamas is never held to account by the international community.

  • Mike Bernard
    July 16, 2014 - 16:38

    I have been watching this for fifty years. I have seen what Israel has done And put up with. Palestine should run there part without outside interference and paid thugs. the weapons that are being fired from there would buy a lot of food and housing. They could be a self sufficient democracy.Kick the hate mongers out and enjoy life. Stand up for yourself. What are your infilltraitors doing testing what can Israel can stand.Hoping for peace on both sides. Thank you

  • Beo Loderick
    July 16, 2014 - 16:02

    Leo roots for the underdog even if the underdog is 100% wrong, as it is in this case. He seems numbed by the Hollywood interpretation and not the reality. Those slow witted enough to quote Chomsky, who's lost every debate on the subject, are everywhere. They think they're standing up for the oppressed. What they are standing up for is a society that voted for Hamas, and would again. A society that would execute every one of your progressive or gay friends. Gaza hates you, Canada. Hamas has been begging for violence since its inception. It's in their charter. People can quote "stolen land" all they want (though never a mention of Putin's brand new Crimean grab of course) - Israel is here to stay, and the aid sent there is a bargain at thrice the price in logistic support and intel alone, not to mention the incredible medical research and nobel prizes. Broderick has never debated this issue publicly, and I for one find it in extremely poor taste to have him slandering the Israelis as though they don't have a right to defense. Broderick was silent when Hussein killed 300,000 Kurds, likely hasn't mentioned the 10,000 palestinians killed by Jordan in '70, nor the 300,000 killed in the Sudan. I wonder if it's because Israel or the US weren't involved? We must choose what's trendy over what's right, after all. Strange how he wasn't taking to the streets when almost a million died in Rwanda, while the entire world watched with a big "aw shucks". This man needs to just let the battery in his megaphone drain and pick up a book instead.

    • Was Going To Post
      July 16, 2014 - 17:39

      After reading the article , was going to post but after reading the comments , you people have hit the nail right on the head . So tired of this Leo looking for press .

  • Garth Staples
    July 16, 2014 - 12:20

    And Broderick et al have turned a blind eye to the thousands of rockets fired apparently by their Hamas friends into Israel. Wake up Canada. This is not about Palestine but abt terrorism which is on its way to Canada. What will Broderick and friends do then?

  • Retired Soldier
    July 16, 2014 - 11:25

    Have you ever been to the Middle East? Better yet, have you been to Gaza, or Israel? I have been, and I served with the UN in the Golan Heights and travelled throughout. The UN awarded land to Israel in 1948. If the Arabic countries would leave Israel alone they would not feel the might of Israel's retaliation. They have a saying in Israel "Never again!" It refers to the massacre of 6 million Jews by nations that opposed the very existance of the Jewish people. Go to the Hollocaust Museum in Jerusalem. See for yourself. With all the terror unleashed on the world by Arab Nations, in the name of religion, how can anyone cast an eye at Israel. You have to at least be in the arena to be in the game people. You peaceniks are no where near the parking lot of the arena.

    July 16, 2014 - 11:19

    Well Leo, back on your soapbox with absoutely no idea of what you are talking about. If you read or watched the news you would find that a ceasefire had been rejected and not by Isreal. I assume by your comments that you feel it okay for hundreds of rockets to rain down on Israel but not okay for them to defend themselves. You and the other three or four members of your self made so called Island Peace Alliance are a piece of work.

    • Observer
      July 16, 2014 - 15:03

      Right on! Leo and his three or four peace nerds sure are a piece of work!!!!!