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To the editor,

There were some fine moments of passionate Canadian politics taken to Haligonian streets last Saturday afternoon, at an event organized by the Canadians, Arabs and Jews for a Just Peace, Students' Coalition Against War, Halifax Peace Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Society and the Canada Palestine Association. The sounds of the turning tide of opinion on the Lebanon crisis could be heard in many diverse Canadian voices, gathered to demand that the Canadian government respond by advocating for an end to the violence, an immediate ceasefire and providing the UN with Canadian peacekeepers.

The Israeli invasion and occupation of Lebanon currently threatens to ignite the powder keg that is the Middle East into a full-blown conflict, as Iran teeters on the brink of becoming directly involved.

Will we as Canadians stand silently by and watch as the atrocities of war escalate in Beirut or will we, the people of this country—so proud to call ourselves Canadians, people of peace and justice—rally a cry for peace in the Middle East?

What has happened to Canada starring in the role of international peacemaker and peacekeeper? Our government's complicity does not reflect the broader public opinion that this urgent situation requires immediate steps to be taken towards de-escalating the conflict and working towards peaceful resolution to the complex issues in the Middle East. Surely we as Canadians can raise our voices instead of letting our silence signify our classically Canadian indifference.

By Brennan Vogel

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