Thousands of people have protested Israel’s attacks in East Jerusalem and Gaza in several Canadian cities, particularly Toronto.
Simultaneous protests against Israeli attacks in East Jerusalem and Gaza were held in several Canadian cities on May 15, the anniversary of the Nekbe, a major turning point in Palestinian history.
More than 10,000 people attended the demonstration, which began at 7 p.m. local time in Nathan Phillips Square in front of toronto’s mayor’s office.
Speaking ahead of the protest, it was an anti-Zionist action, not an anti-Semitic one.
Because the Canadian government has so far not responded to what is happening in Palestine, participants were asked to fly only Palestinian flags instead of the Canadian flag.
Demonstrators carrying banners reading “Free Palestine,” “Save Sheikh Surgeon” and “Palestine, Jerusalem and Gaza will be free” also held evening prayers with the congregation in the square.
The protests, which were widely guarded by Toronto police and supported by Canadians, ended without incident after the Fatiha surah, which was read at 9 p.m. local time.
Meanwhile, Jagmeet Singh, leader of the opposition New Democratic Party, called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to convene an emergency meeting of the Canadian Federal Parliament with the Palestinian agenda.
WHAT IS NEKBE DAY?
The Palestinian people refer to May 15 as Nekbe (Great Disaster) Day, a day after Israel declared independence in the occupied Palestinian territories on May 14, 1948, as a result of forced migration of Palestinians.
Israel began occupying the Palestinian territories after the decision, seizing the homes and property of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to date, creating new settlements for Jews.