Over the last days, the voices of war have taken over in Israel and Palestine. After years of suffering from occupation and blockade, the civilian population of Gaza has to now endure the constant pounding of missiles. Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, over 260 Palestinians (July 18th) have been killed and over 2000 injured (July 18th).  The overwhelming majority of the casualties being civilians. Preliminary reports say that a mosque and a hospital were partially destroyed.

Over 1100 rockets and mortar (July 18th) shells have been fired from Gaza and aimed at the civilian population of Israel. Sirens have since become a daily routine in practically all parts of Israel. People need to take cover in bomb shelters often many times a day. Most of the rockets were, so far, intercepted in mid air by a counter measure system called Iron Dome or have fallen in open areas.  One death has occurred to this day (July 18th) and a few hundred people have been treated for injuries, most of them for shock.

The deafening sound of missiles and rockets must stop. The civilian population deserve quiet and security. There is only one solution to achieve this for both Palestinians and Israelis: putting an end to the occupation of the West Bank and the siege of Gaza and to negotiate in good faith. 

It’s about time that the voices of peace be heard again. Canada should be among those voices.

Please sign the petition calling on Canada to be a voice for peace. Click here.