By World BEYOND War, December 24, 2023
Here’s a link to some good local news coverage of a World BEYOND War chapter demonstrating in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.
And here are comments from some of the people asked why there were there:
“Yes, my name is Michael Shepherd and I’m here because I have three children and it breaks my heart to imagine children anywhere being bombed and slaughtered”
“My name is Sarah Ney and if my family was being blown up, I’d want the world screaming as loud as they can, and helping us.”
“My name is Emily Robinson and I’m here because I’m a preschool teacher and if I saw this this happening to my preschool children then I would want to stand up for them.”
“My name is John Champion. I oppose the Israeli invasion of Palestine. Israel should stay within its borders. Palestinian fighters in 1943 in France would be considered resistance fighters, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. We have to understand that the people are fighting for their survival against a very powerful country and Biden is completely wrong. I think the U.S. is so out of order. The hypocrisy is staggering. They support Israel with billions of dollars. The U.S. has lost all my respect.”
“My name is Keith Toppazzini. My wife was born in Lebanon and her birthright is Palestinian—she has a Palestinian passport. Her father was walked out of his home in 1948 only to walk to Lebanon. I’m here to support the Palestinians; no one should be chased from their homes. No one should feel oppressed for so many years; they have a right, and there’s just no justice; war should be fought soldier soldier. It should not be fought with innocent civilians, it needs to end.
“I believe in humanity and I believe every human has a right to be free and Palestine needs to be free for all of us to be free. Palestine has to be free yes. My name is Emaan Toppazzini.”
“My name is Lynne Patterson from Collingwood, Ontario, and I stand with Palestine. I wish that our government would step up and do more to help people of Palestine. This is awful.”