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Community / Vigil to be held in solidarity with Palestinian people

A SILENT vigil is to be held at Hay’s Dock tomorrow (Wednesday) from 6pm to mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Local action group Palestinian Solidarity Shetland said it is welcoming anybody who would want to join them to think of the people of Palestine, and remember the innocent lives lost to the occupation both in Palestine and the civilians in Israel.

As many as 50 people attended a vigil at the town hall earlier this month.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People has been observed since 1978.

The group’s Leanne-Sydonie Goodlad said the unimaginable humanitarian crisis that has unfolded in the Gaza strip since the attack by Hamas on 7 October has seen thousands of civilians killed in the conflict.

“Approximately 70 per cent of the casualties are women and children. Tensions have escalated in the West Bank, and Israel have stated that they will continue their military campaign in Gaza this week.

“There is no military solution to this situation, and we feel the military action in Gaza is an unjust form of collective punishment.

“Please, join us for a peaceful vigil on Wednesday evening, in solidarity with the people of Palestine.”

Wednesday night’s vigil is in addition to the group’s regular Saturday protest which takes place outside Lerwick Town Hall at 2pm.

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