OPSEU/SEFPO stands in solidarity with the victims of violence as a result of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian crisis. The image of loss has sadly become synonymous with the struggle for peace. We are saddened by the high number of casualties.
There has been a ripple effect that has spread outside the region. In Ontario, it has led to a rise in incidents of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how shortcomings in our existing systems and structures have had a disproportionate impact on marginalized groups.
Our society has become a place where hateful words and actions have become frighteningly acceptable. This normalization becomes even more troubling during a time when health restrictions and social distancing mechanisms have produced less human interaction.
Freedom of expression and the right to protest are fundamental rights that we are so fortunate to have. Nevertheless, they are easy to take for granted. We must continue to uphold them and and defend Canadians who are currently exercising these rights by calling for peace.
OPSEU/SEFPO continues to advocate for peace in the Middle East. The recent news of a ceasefire after 11 days of violence gives us hope. It is time for an enduring agreement and an end to all hostilities.
Warren ‘Smokey’ Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Eduardo ‘Eddy’ Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer