A pro-Hamas rally took place in Castle Downs Park in Edmonton, Canada on Sunday evening. The event attracted a large crowd of revellers who blared music and showed support for the Hamas terror attacks happening in Israel. The attacks have resulted in nearly 1,000 deaths, thousands of injuries, and hundreds of people being held hostage in Gaza.
During the rally, a massive Palestinian flag was unfurled on the grass, symbolizing solidarity with Hamas. Speakers at the event claimed a human right to the wave of atrocities occurring in Israel, including rapes, beheadings, shootings, arsons, and kidnappings of innocent civilians. These acts of violence are being carried out by Iranian-backed terrorists across Israel.
One notable statement made during the rally was the assertion that “there is no such thing as an Israeli civilian.” This shocking statement highlights the disregard for human life and the justification of violence against innocent Israeli civilians.
Local Conservative MP Michael Cooper, whose riding includes Castle Downs, condemned the rally and called the chants of “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” a call to genocide. He emphasized that the victims of the brutal attacks in Israel were innocent men, women, and children who did nothing wrong. He stood with Israel in solidarity.
In addition to the rally, a vehicle convoy took place adjacent to the event. Two cars with Israeli flags circled the parking lot, which led to multiple altercations with Hamas supporters. These altercations showcase the tense atmosphere and deep divisions within the community.
As news of the large-scale atrocities against Israelis spread, Edmonton’s Mayor, Amarjit Sohi, took to Twitter to criticize Israel, accusing them of “targeting innocent civilians.” However, he has yet to denounce the pro-terror rally in support of the violence perpetrated by Hamas.
It is important to note that Mayor Sohi previously brought in special notice bylaws to deal with Freedom Convoy horn honking during the anti-covid mandate demonstrations in 2022. His response to the current violence and the rally in support of Hamas raises questions about his stance on terrorism.
To send a powerful message that Canadians stand with Israel during this horrific slaughter, a website called CanadaStandsWithIsrael.com has been set up. This platform aims to gather support and solidarity for Israel during this challenging time.
The pro-Hamas rally in Edmonton and the statements made by its supporters have caused significant controversy and concern. It is crucial for political leaders and community members to address and denounce this type of violent support for terrorism. The divisions within the community highlight the need for open dialogue, understanding, and a commitment to peaceful solutions.