Rally for Middle East peace planned for Charlottetown

Published on July 16, 2014

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.