The YMCAs of Québec were distressed by the attack carried out by Hamas on October 7 and incredibly saddened to see the violence and suffering taking place in Israel and the Gaza Strip. We grieve for the thousands of people who are missing, injured, or who have lost their lives, and mourn together with their loved ones who have been impacted by this escalating geopolitical and humanitarian crisis. This includes the many staff and volunteers of the World YMCA Movement who live in the region. We wish to convey our support and sympathy to them.
Peace is at the heart of the YMCA of Québec’s values and an integral part of our work year-round. For over 170 years, we have strived to build healthy communities and we believe everyone on the planet deserves to live in an environment where everyone feels safe and can thrive. For these reasons, we strongly condemn any violence directed at civilians.
Despite the threats of imminent counter-attacks, we call for a quick and peaceful de-escalation to end the tragic loss of life and suffering.
- The YMCAs of Quebec