June 11, 2010
WATERLOO- College and University students rallied and protested at the University of Waterloo yesterday against Israel’s flotilla massacre in Gaza that killed nine Turkish citizens and injured many others.
The event was organized by Students for Palestinian Rights, SFPR, and attracted over fifty students from Kitchener and Waterloo to show their anger over the deaths of the activists trying to bring 10,000 tons of aid to the suffering citizens of Gaza. A tribute to those who died was given followed by a moment of silence, speeches from both professors and members of SFPR and concluding with a march around the university.
The raid, which happened last Monday morning has created an international outcry and a call to lift the blockade of Gaza, which Israel says it needs to protect its civilians from threats of Hamas and Iran.
The Israeli Defence Force, who boarded the ship and began to assault and torture the activists, claims it was only defending itself after the activists attacked them first.
The killings of the Turkish activists has damaged relations between Turkey and Israel and also renewed hostilities in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Many people are calling for an end to the occupation and calling for peace. SFPR has said that as long as there are Palestinians dying by Israel’s disregard for international law, the resistance will continue.