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Québec pushes back the inauguration of his office in Tel Aviv

Oded Balilty Associated Press Israelis note the damage caused by rockets fired from the Gaza Strip in the streets of Tel Aviv.

The surge in violence in the conflict between Israel and Palestine is blocking the opening of the Quebec Office in Tel Aviv. The inauguration scheduled for next week has been postponed.

The news, first reported by 98.5 FM, was confirmed to Devoir by the minister's office of International Relations and La Francophonie, Martine Biron, Tuesday. “The official opening is postponed, but the director of the office is working from Quebec,” said press secretary Catherine Boucher via text message.

Launched in August, the Quebec Office in Tel Aviv has been in the pipeline since 2017, reported Le Devoir last month. Israel is Quebec's third trading partner in the Middle East.

However, the surge in violence noted this weekend after the Hamas attacks near the Gaza Strip will have the effect of postponing its inauguration until “security conditions allow it.”

In Quebec, the fleurdelisé was flown at half-mast on the central tower of parliament on Tuesday, in memory of “the victims of terrorist attacks and violence in Israel.”

Further details will follow.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116