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Global demonstrations reflect divided opinions on the Israel-Hamas conflict

October 10, 2023 11:18 AM IST

Toronto | London | Chile | Palestinians | Israel-Hamas | Santiago

As the Israel-Hamas conflict continues to escalate, cities around the world have become the backdrop for protests, vigils, and expressions of solidarity from various communities. The demonstrations have highlighted the deep divide in opinions regarding the ongoing violence in the Middle East.

In Santiago, Chile, the Jewish community gathered at the headquarters of the Israeli Sephardic community, releasing white and blue balloons to call for an end to the conflict. Colombians also showed their solidarity with Israel at the Israeli embassy, erasing graffiti against Israel on building walls and sounding shofars, a traditional horn-like instrument.

London’s House of Parliament was lit up with white and blue colors as a symbolic gesture of solidarity with Israel. These acts of support come two days after Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, resulting in a significant loss of life and escalating tensions.

In contrast, Palestinians in Chile called on the international community to stop the conflict in the Middle East. Children made placards and painted their hands red to symbolize the civilians killed during the conflict in the Gaza Strip.

In Toronto, protesters rallied in support of Palestinians and marched toward the Israeli consulate, condemning the weekend’s multi-pronged attack on Israel by Hamas. Chanting slogans like “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” these demonstrators made their voices heard. Counter-protesters waving Israel’s flag added to the diverse crowd.

Mixed Reactions in the United States:

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and members of the city’s Jewish community held a vigil in support of the victims of Hamas’ attack on Israel. Adams strongly condemned the attacks, calling them “draconian and disgusting.” New York, home to the largest Jewish population outside of Israel, saw a gathering of rabbis, lawmakers, Jewish activists, and diplomats.

In London, hundreds of protesters showed solidarity with the Palestinian people, waving Palestinian flags and chanting slogans such as “We will not be silenced.” They emphasized that the people of Palestine are paying the “highest price” in a conflict that has persisted for decades.

As the violence continues to claim lives on both sides, international declarations of support for Israel and appeals for an end to the fighting and the protection of civilians underscore the global community’s concerns. The conflict, with a death toll surpassing 1,500 lives, threatens to ignite another chapter in this long-running struggle. The differing opinions voiced in these worldwide demonstrations reflect the complexity and divisiveness of the Israel-Hamas conflict.



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