Vigil for Palestine 'innocents' to be held in Doncaster town centre this weekend

A vigil for the victims of the ongoing violence in the Middle East will be held in Doncaster this weekend.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 12:17 pm
A vigil for Palestine will be held in Doncaster this weekend. (Photo: Getty).

The gathering will take place in Sir Nigel Gresley Square from 2pm on Saturday and is being described as ‘an opportunity for Doncaster to show solidarity with the Palestine people.’

Organiser Ann Louise-Bayley said: “The vigil is for all those innocents killed in the Palestine conflict.

"There will be speakers, music and the opportunity for people to light a candle, leave a flower or their own personal tribute.

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"It will be a respectful, peaceful non religious/political event – just an opportunity for Doncaster to show solidarity with the Palestine people.

She added: “I’m deeply saddened and horrified at the events happening in Palestine so I thought I would organise a vigil where we can all come together as a town and as a community to show our respects.“Personally, as a mum, I can't imagine the pain felt by those whose children have been killed. I thankfully can go to bed safe in the knowledge my children will not be bombed.

“I just felt I needed to do something in our town – something to mark the innocent deaths and show solidarity with Palestine.”

The vigil comes amid rising tensions and violence between Israel and Gaza.

Rockets and air strikes have continued in the region, destroying buildings as the death toll climbs with ten people killed in rocket attacks on Israel while in Gaza, the overall death toll stands at 188 people.