Media release

Media release: Emergency rally for Palestine


Today, Saturday, June 26 at 5pm, an Emergency Rally for Palestine is being held. At Halifax’s Grand Parade Square, Free Palestine Halifax and activists will be calling on the media in Halifax to commit to fair coverage of Palestine and the federal government of Canada to stop selling weapons that are being used to harm and kill Palestinian civilians. We call for the right to self determination, and the right to sovereign rights in a supposed democratic state.

The discussion will feature speakers from the Indigenous, Atlantic Palestinian, and Black communities; discussing the connections and intersections of the fight for human rights. 

 Elder Billy and Joan Smith will be leading the welcoming ceremony. Their generous support for Palestine reinforces the need for respect and acknowledgement that this rally takes place on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Mi’kmaq peoples.

Ayman Awad, an outspoken advocate for queer Arab rights, will represent Free Palestine Halifax.

Dana Elborno, a young Palestinian activist, will be representing Atlantic Canada’s Palestinian Society.

Larry Haiven, an academic and Palestinian rights activist, will be representing Independent Jewish Voices.

El Jones, poet laureate and community activist, will be representing herself.

COVID-19 restrictions are limiting the initial rally to 75 people, and Free Palestine Halifax will be collecting the names of the first 75 attendees. This information will not be provided to authorities, but is being collected according to COVID protocol. 

Masks and social distancing will be in place, as well as additional requirements of phase 2 reopening under Nova Scotia’s Health Authority.

— Katerina Nikas, Free Palestine Halifax