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Edmonton Jewish, Palestinian teams maintain weekend rallies as Gaza siege continues

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Members of Edmonton’s Jewish and Palestinian communities rallied over the Thanksgiving lengthy weekend amid continued violence in Israel and Gaza.

An estimated 1,500 Israelis and Palestinians have died in two days of violence that started when Hamas launched a shock assault that caught Israel off guard.

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The nation has since declared a state of warfare and fought again in an offensive Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed Monday had “solely began” and included the reducing off of electrical energy, gasoline and meals provides to the Gaza Strip.

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The Jewish Federation of Edmonton scheduled a gathering Monday evening to concern a name for group solidarity.

“This is a chance for our group to face in unity,” reads a press release on its web site. “We stand in complete and full solidarity with Israel, which has each proper to defend itself and shield its residents.”

“We proceed to observe and watch in horror, shock, and unhappiness as occasions unfold in Israel.”

The Palestinian group held its personal rally in north Edmonton early Sunday night with organizer Mousa Qasqas estimating attendance at just below 1,000 individuals.

“Narrative is essential. As Palestinians, we’re all the time portrayed as terrorists,” he stated. “We’re bored with having to justify ourselves.

“If we need to have an trustworthy and nuanced debate about this, then we have to discuss these underlying points.”

Sunday’s gathering was peaceable and Edmonton police stated they’re monitoring the occasions abroad and “out of an abundance of warning” have elevated patrols close to some locations of worship and group centres.

Politicians denounce violence

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Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi issued a press release on social media Sunday calling the assaults on civilians “horrific.”

“I do know that many Edmontonians have family and friends in these areas, and I’m extending my assist and empathy to them. We stand with you and share in your hope for a simply and lasting peace within the area.”

Premier Danielle Smith condemned the “appalling and unprecedented acts of terror” in a social media publish early Saturday.

“Albertans mourn the lack of harmless civilian lives. We should stand agency in our struggle towards terrorism wherever it presents itself.”

In a second publish on Sunday, she acknowledged she had met with Edmonton and Calgary police chiefs and that “violence and inciting violence is not going to be tolerated.”

Opposition Chief Rachel Notley posted that the NDP condemned the assaults on Israeli civilians.

“The lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians should be protected and violence should be swiftly de-escalated.”

Late Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convened the incident response group with ministers and senior officers to debate the assaults by Hamas on Israel.

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“The prime minister unequivocally condemned Hamas’ terrorist assaults towards Israel and expressed Canada’s full assist for Israel’s proper to defend itself,” reads a press release on the prime minister’s web site.

Canadians killed, lacking

A Canadian man is amongst these killed within the violence.

Alexandre Look, a Montrealer in his 30s, was among the many 260 or extra killed when Hamas gunmen opened hearth at a techno music pageant on the Re’im kibbutz, close to Gaza.

International Affairs Canada stated in a press release Sunday afternoon that it was conscious of reviews of 1 Canadian who had died and two others who had been lacking, however offered no different particulars.

A Vancouver man, Ben Mizrachi, who was on the identical music pageant, is believed to be one of many lacking individuals after his former highschool posted about his disappearance on Sunday.

Greater than 1,400 registered Canadians in Israel and 492 within the Palestinian territories have been suggested by International Affairs Canada to restrict their actions and shelter in place till it’s protected to depart.

— with information from Keith Gerein, Jason Magder, Cheryl Chan, and the Related Press

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