19 Winnipeggers heading to Israel in act of solidarity

A group of Winnipeggers are heading overseas Wednesday in a solidarity mission for Israel.

Mission to include a visit to the Gaza border, meetings with Canadian Ambassador to Israel

Israeli soldiers keep guard at a protest by Palestinians against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah August 13, 2014. The threat of renewed war in Gaza loomed on last Wednesday as the clock ticked toward the end of a three-day ceasefire with no sign of a breakthrough in indirect talks in Cairo between Israel and the Palestinians. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR42BID (Mohamad Torokman/Reuters)

A group of Winnipeggers are heading overseas Wednesday in a solidarity mission for Israel.

Nineteen people will embark on a six-day trip to the region in conflict.

Shelley Faintuch with the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg stressed the purpose and importance of the group’s mission.

“It's important for Israelis to know that it isn't just Canada's government that has been incredibly supportive, but their people,” said Faintuch. “We want to show people that we care.”

The group will visit with various families impacted by recent events that have occurred in the country.

“Fully a third of the participants are not from the Jewish community at all,” said Faintuch. “We have a non-Jewish student, we have members from Bridges for Peace Canada, we have someone who works for the government.”

The mission will include a visit to the Gaza border, and a meeting with the Canadian Ambassador to Israel.