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'This is for the children of Gaza'

Sydney Council Raises Palestinian Flag, Calls for Ceasefire

  • A flag of Palestine has been raised outside Bankstown council in Sydney’s west

A local council in Sydney has voted unanimously to flow the flag of Palestine from both the precinct to support the children of Gaza and call for an immediate ceasefire.

The flag was hoisted outside the chambers of Bankstown Council, in Sydney’s west on Wednesday afternoon.

Canterbury-Bankstown Councilor Khodr Saleh made the announcement on Facebook, sharing a photo of the flag on Wednesday, Daily Mail reported.

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“The Palestinian flag is now flying high outside the Council Chamber in Bankstown’s Paul Keating Park,” Cllr Saleh Saleh wrote.

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“This is for the children of Gaza. Ceasefire now. Free Palestine.”

The move comes after Saleh, a Labour Councilor, put forward a motion on Tuesday evening at Canterbury-Bankstown Council calling for the flag of Palestine to be flown.

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Many people have praised the move in their comments to Cllr Saleh’s post.

“Thank you Cr Khodr for validating the feelings of the residents you represent in Canterbury-Bankstown, as we mourn the innocent lives lost. Free Palestine,” one user wrote.

“Great work,” wrote another.

Since October 7, Israel has launched thousands of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, killing more than 5,791 civilians. The number of civilians killed include more than 1,400 children and more than 800 women, according to MoH.

About 1,550 people, including 870 children, have been reported missing and may still be under the rubble.