Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters gather at Nathan Phillips Square to condemn Gaza Strip violence

Thousands of people took to the streets in downtown Toronto Saturday night in a show of solidarity for the Palestinian people, as fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza City grew more intense. Toronto police say that anywhere from 2,500 to 5,000 participants marched through the downtown area, gathering at Nathan Phillips Square from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Several surrounding intersections were blocked by cars and protestors waving flags. Participants were seen chanting and holding up signs including “We Stand With Palestine” and “Free Palestine,” condemning the escalating violence in the Gaza Strip.“We are facing a powerful enemy in our country, Palestine. We are trying to raise awareness on the issue and show people that we can solve the conflict if we let the people know what’s going on,” said Samer Anabtawi, a protester at the scene. “If the people know, they can ask their governments to (seek) aid for Palestine.”“I came out today in support of the Palestinian people as a Jew, because one holocaust does not justify another,” said Jorcalana Plotnick. “It is the biggest human rights issue of our generation. This reminds me of the Warsaw Ghetto, so I feel compelled to do something about it,” said Michael Schirtzer. “We do not want colonization done in our name.” A pro-Israel group of around 100 people were also protesting at the scene, with police setting up barricades to separate opposing protesters. Toronto police say there are no reports of violence at this time, and no arrests or charges have been made. Pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia and other cities on Saturday to demand an end to Israeli airstrikes over the Gaza Strip.The protests were stoked by five days of military action that left at least 145 Palestinians dead in Gaza and eight dead in Israel. The violence, set off by Hamas firing a rocket into Israel on Monday, came after weeks of mounting tensions.On Saturday, Israel stepped up airstrikes including bombing the home of a senior Hamas leader, killing a family of 10 in a refugee camp and destroying a building that house the offices of The Associated Press and other media.Rhythm Sachdeva is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: rsachdeva@thestar.caZena Salem is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: zsalem@thestar.ca

Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters gather at Nathan Phillips Square to condemn Gaza Strip violence

Thousands of people took to the streets in downtown Toronto Saturday night in a show of solidarity for the Palestinian people, as fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza City grew more intense.

Toronto police say that anywhere from 2,500 to 5,000 participants marched through the downtown area, gathering at Nathan Phillips Square from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Several surrounding intersections were blocked by cars and protestors waving flags.

Participants were seen chanting and holding up signs including “We Stand With Palestine” and “Free Palestine,” condemning the escalating violence in the Gaza Strip.

“We are facing a powerful enemy in our country, Palestine. We are trying to raise awareness on the issue and show people that we can solve the conflict if we let the people know what’s going on,” said Samer Anabtawi, a protester at the scene. “If the people know, they can ask their governments to (seek) aid for Palestine.”

“I came out today in support of the Palestinian people as a Jew, because one holocaust does not justify another,” said Jorcalana Plotnick.

“It is the biggest human rights issue of our generation. This reminds me of the Warsaw Ghetto, so I feel compelled to do something about it,” said Michael Schirtzer. “We do not want colonization done in our name.”

A pro-Israel group of around 100 people were also protesting at the scene, with police setting up barricades to separate opposing protesters.

Toronto police say there are no reports of violence at this time, and no arrests or charges have been made.

Pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia and other cities on Saturday to demand an end to Israeli airstrikes over the Gaza Strip.

The protests were stoked by five days of military action that left at least 145 Palestinians dead in Gaza and eight dead in Israel. The violence, set off by Hamas firing a rocket into Israel on Monday, came after weeks of mounting tensions.

On Saturday, Israel stepped up airstrikes including bombing the home of a senior Hamas leader, killing a family of 10 in a refugee camp and destroying a building that house the offices of The Associated Press and other media.

Rhythm Sachdeva is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: rsachdeva@thestar.ca

Zena Salem is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: zsalem@thestar.ca

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