Sunday, 8 April
17th Avenue and 8th St SW
Calgary, AB, Canada
On March 30th 2018, around 30,000 Palestinians marched in the March of Return, which aimed to set up a few camps several hundred meters from the militarised fence surrounding the Gaza Strip. Their goal was to protest their incarceration in the world’s largest open-air prison as well as the massive confiscation of their ancestral land. Civil society groups organized this non-violent protest that sparked open fire from Israeli soldiers and snipers, killing now 21 unarmed protestors in one week and injuring countless others. This is now being called Gaza’s Passover Massacre.
It marked the beginning of a six-week sit-in, starting on Land Day, an event that commemorates six Palestinian citizens of Israel who were shot dead by Israeli forces after protesting the government’s confiscation of large swaths of Palestinian land on March 30, 1976. The sit in was set to end of May 15th, Nakba Day, which this year marks 70 years since the ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians by Zionist militias from their villages and towns.
Join JFP Calgary as we join groups and actions around the world as we stand up for the rights of Palestinians to protest their daily nightmare as open air prisoners. We will be at the corner of 17th Avenue and 8th Street SW from 3 -5 pm on Sunday April 8th with signs and candles to honor the lives lost and to stand in solidarity with the Palestinians and all groups around the world that condemn the senseless killing and violence that continues against innocent civilians exercising their basic rights.