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Community / Gaza vigils to call for ceasefire and increased humanitarian aid

People gathered outside Lerwick Town Hall on 21 October to call for a ceasefire. Photo: Jim Mullay

ISLANDERS wanting to express their concern at the human cost of the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas will have the chance to come together for a silent vigil outside Lerwick Town Hall every Saturday afternoon.

Palestinian Solidarity Shetland will be holding the next such vigil this coming Saturday at 2pm.

One of the organisers, Leanne Goodlad, said a two minute silence will he held for those in Palestine and Israel.

“These gatherings are explicitly to call attention to the need of an immediate ceasefire, an end to the targeting of healthcare facilities and increased humanitarian aid into Gaza,” she said.

“Members will be standing this weekend, as we believe armistice means peace and peace means ceasefire, an end to needless suffering.

“These gatherings will be peaceful, respectful, and will not tolerate hate of any kind, especially antisemitic or Islamophobic rhetoric. Anyone is welcome to join.”

One month after Hamas attacked Israel killing 1,400 people and taking 240 hostages, both sides have rejected calls for a ceasefire in a war that has so far killed more than 10,000 civilians, mainly women and children, in Gaza.

Around 20 people came together outside the town hall on 21 October for an initial ‘Gathering for Peace’ which coincided with peace rallies around the world.

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