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Canterbury Group Call to Close Israeli Embassy

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Palestinian Child Victims To Be Remembered This Saturday

“We can no longer sit silently and watch this appalling atrocity.”

That from one of the organisers of a rally planned in Christchurch this weekend where more than 300 white balloons, each bearing a name of a dead Palestinian child, will be released.

In loving memory of the hundreds of innocent Palestinian children killed since July 8th, the balloons will be released during the rally organised by ‘Canterbury for Justice in Palestine’, marking a National Day of Action to end Israel’s massacre in Gaza.

One of the rally organisers, Lauren McGee says the New Zealand Government must take action now.

“We are calling on the Government to close the Israeli Embassy in Wellington,” she says. “Enough is enough and we must show the world that this continuing murder of women and children is totally unacceptable to New Zealand and New Zealanders.”

McGee says she expects the balloon release on Saturday will illustrate the very high and rising number of innocent children dying in Gaza.

“As the white balloons make their journey upwards, we invite each observer to reflect on the monstrous crime of knowingly killing defenceless children. Every balloon is, or was, a young life. Many of our organisers are mothers with their own children; it’s heart-breaking, it has to stop,” she says.

“We encourage people to bring their own white balloon and join this short protest march starting at the Riccarton Road/Deans Avenue intersection at 2.30pm this Saturday August 16th.”

More information available at www.facebook.com/events/273837992801892

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