British protesters demand justice for Palestine

By: Muhammad Mussa

This Saturday, May 22, demonstrations were held in key British cities to demand justice for the Palestinians following the end of the offensive by Israeli forces against the besieged Gaza Strip.

The mobilization was organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and other related organizations, during which thousands of protesters took to the streets of London, Coventry and Swindon and called on the Government to impose sanctions on the Benjamin Netanyahu Government and to end all arms sales to Israel.

“Yes, the violent, indiscriminate and traumatic attacks in Gaza are over for now, but we all know that the struggle is not over and our brothers and sisters in the West Bank, in East Jerusalem and in Al-Aqsa Mosque continue to fight. facing oppression and occupation by Israeli forces and Zionist settlers, don’t forget that for a moment,” said one campaign member.

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“The (British) government has a responsibility to hold Israel accountable for the atrocities it has committed in Gaza, Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as in other occupied territories, where hundreds have been killed and thousands more have been killed. have been injured and displaced. The (UK) government also has a responsibility to help rebuild Gaza.”

In London, thousands of protesters gathered on the north bank of the River Thames before marching through the capital’s main streets and finally reaching Hyde Park, where they listened to speeches and chanted slogans.

Hundreds of protesters also gathered in Coventry’s central Broadgate Square, waving Palestinian flags and chanting “Freedom! Free! Palestine!” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”. In Swindon, protesters and activists also marched through the central part of the city and demanded justice for those killed in Gaza.

“Israel’s attacks on Gaza are cyclical, they occur every two years and their intention is to hinder development and keep its population in a vicious cycle of poverty and despair. These attacks, however, are different, have awakened in many of all people a certain anger and sadness. and this is what we are seeing today in London and elsewhere and we hope the Palestinian people will see this message and know that they are not alone,” said one protester.

An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire between Palestinian and Israeli resistance groups came into effect on Friday, ending 11 days of fighting.

At least 279 Palestinians have been killed, including 69 children and 40 women, and 1,910 others injured in Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Jerusalem remains at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as Palestinians hope that Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem can become the capital of a future Palestinian state.

*José Ricardo Báez G. contributed with the translation of this news.

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