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Jordanians express solidarity with Gazans

By Muath Freij - Nov 25,2012 - Last updated at Nov 25,2012

AMMAN — Around 30 young Jordanians held a candlelight vigil outside the Palestinian embassy on Saturday in solidarity with Gazans.

Dubbed "We love Gaza," the event was held in seven other Arab countries, according to Sami Hourani, founder and director of Leaders of Tomorrow, which organised the vigil, in cooperation with We Love, an Arab network, and the Fadfed initiative.

"The aim behind the event is to condemn the violence and express our support with the people of Gaza," Hourani told The Jordan Times outside the Palestinian embassy on Saturday evening.

A ceasefire took hold last Thursday after eight days of violence in and around Gaza, which left 166 Palestinians and six Israelis dead, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

According to statistics provided by the Hamas-run health ministry, during Israel's eight-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip between November 14 and 21, most of the fatalities were civilians, while another 1,235 people were wounded.

Of those killed, at least 43 were children and 13 women, the emergency services and rights groups said, according to AFP.

Noting that the organisers decided to hold the vigil because there were a limited number of events supporting Gaza, Hourani said they had expected a large number of participants, but inclement weather conditions prevented many people from turning up.

Mohammad Buwaitel, one of the participants, said the vigil was the least they could do to express their support for Gaza.

"We are not activists and we do not represent any political party. We are just young people who want to express solidarity with the people of Gaza," added Buwaitel, a doctor at Al Bashir Hospital.

He stressed that Arab countries must support Gazans by sending doctors to the strip.

"Many people across the region support Gaza financially, but you cannot ensure that the money will reach them," he said.

"This is the simplest thing we could do to support the people of Gaza. Candlelight represents hope," said Amani Nsairat, a member of the Fadfed initiative.

But the 26-year-old private sector employee went on to say that she wished they could do more.

Nsairat noted that the Fadfed campaign had provided a notice board at the vigil for "people to write their thoughts and ideas on specific issues relating to Gaza". "We decided to take part in the event today [Saturday], by providing participants with the chance to express their feelings," she said. 

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