Pro-Palestinian demonstration planned outside U.S. consulate in Vancouver on Monday

Palestinian solidarity groups plan to hold a protest outside the U.S. consulate on Monday (December 29) in the wake of deadly Israeli attacks in Gaza this weekend.

The demonstration will take place at noon on the Hastings Street side of the consulate, which is at 1075 West Pender Street in Vancouver.

According to a notice being distributed over e-mail by the groups, including Al Awda Vancouver and Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, the Israeli attacks are occurring with “official U.S. and Canadian complicity”.

Palestinian officials have told CBC News that more than 225 people died after dozens of Israeli air strikes.

Israel has stated that it launched the attacks on Hamas targets as a response to rocket attacks from Gaza on Israeli border towns, which has been going on for almost seven years.

The incoming Obama administration has already signalled  the United States' continued  support for Israel through the appointments of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state and former congressman Rahm Emmanuel as Obama's chief of staff.

As a member of the U.S. Senate, Clinton was a  strong supporter of Israel and voted in favour of giving President George W. Bush authority to launch a war on Iraq in 2003.

Emmanuel , who also supported the war on Iraq, is  the son of a pediatrician who fought with Irgun, a Zionist group that fought between 1931 and 1948 for an independent Jewish homeland in Israel.

Earlier this year, Emmanuel's father Benjamin told the Israeli paper Haaretz:  "Obama is a pro-Israeli leader and will be a friend to Israel."