A rally in support of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip is planned for Saturday, August 2, on the south side of the Vancouver Art Gallery at Hornby and Robson streets.
The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. It will be the third of its kind since Israel launched an attack on the Palestinian territory on July 8.
The Canada Palestine Association is one of the groups supporting the demonstration. In a telephone interview, chairperson Hanna Kawas said another rally is needed because the conflict is intensifying.
“It is getting much worse,” he told the Straight. “They are trying to demolish Gaza. Whole blocks are being destroyed.”
According to BBC News, as of July 29, more than 1,200 Palestinians had been killed and some 6,700 injured since the war began. Fifty-three Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians have also died in the fighting.
Kawas noted that the United Nations has estimated that 80 percent of the Palestinians killed were civilians.
On July 28, B.C. Premier Christy Clark issued a statement that expressed her strong support for Israel. “Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens against terrorist attacks,” she said.