The display in the Octagon was part of a candlelight vigil aimed at remembering the 15,000 Palestinians who had been killed since the conflict started on October 7.
Palestinian community leader Dr Mai Tamimi said the community felt it needed to come together "to share their sadness and sorrow for losing these lives".
She continued to call for a combination of justice and peace, arguing for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories, as well as advocating for a lasting ceasefire.
"Gaza and Palestinian people in general, they are human beings and deserve to live a decent life and they deserve to live in peace."
It was the second candlelight vigil held in the Octagon since the conflict began, and last night’s vigil coincided with the United Nations’ International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
About 200 people attended the event, including Jewish people.
Event co-ordinator Rinad Tamimi said she was not surprised.
"This conflict has never been about religion, colour or race.
"What we’re fighting for is simple human rights. We want the people of Palestine to have rights just like every other person in the world."
To acknowledge the suffering of both sides of the conflict in Gaza, flags were flown at half mast at Dunedin Railway Station, the Civic Centre (including the mayor’s balcony), the Municipal Chambers, Olveston Historic Home and Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.