As the violence in Gaza and Israel continues, we must keep working toward peace, wherever we are.
While we may not be able to directly influence the conflict on the ground, we can work to stop the hostilities spilling over into our own neighbourhoods.
Many will be feeling angry, frustrated and worried about what is happening. In these times, we must make every effort to protect the relations between our communities we are working so hard to build. Regrettably, we are seeing flare-ups of violence and hearing hostile voices in our public spaces, the media and online. Let us remember that hate begets hate.
We must all do what we can to defuse tensions, by talking and listening with an open mind about how the conflict is affecting us, trying to understand all sides. We must raise our voices to reject all forms of hatred and call for an end to violence.
In times of turmoil, it’s only natural to feel the urge to retreat back into our own communities. Now is not the time to go into our separate corners. We encourage people to resist this urge and instead come together, seek to understand each other and work towards peace.