Tens of thousands of people have joined a pro-Palestine/anti-Israel protest in London today as a 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was held in Gaza.
Protesters chanted “Free Palestine” outside the Israeli Embassy as they called for an end to the conflict. The event in Kensington High Street, west London, was the latest in a series of protests organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), as tensions soared in the Middle East.
Several similar protests were being held across the country today.
Source: Evening Standard
This weekends turnout was amazing, so many people of all ages, from the frail elderly men and women to young 4 year olds chanting “Free, Free Palestine” leading the crowds on the streets of London, the Met Police have reported that around 45,000 protesters attended the demonstration, more than DOUBLE last weekends. This just shows how many lives the plight of the Palestinians have touched, the oppression they face has reached all around the globe, people of all races and religions united for humanity, to stand up for the children who have been killed, those who have lost lives and those who live in constant fear of losing theirs each day the siege on Gaza continues.
Protesters marched from the Israeli embassy in High Street Kensington all the way through London en route to Parliament Square, via Downing Street.
According to Amnesty International – which similarly, is urging people to email Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond concerns over UK arms trade with Israel – the UK sold £6.3 million of arms to Israel last year.
Further events in opposition to Israel’s military operation in Gaza were underway in towns and cities across the UK, including Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Newcastle.
Source: The Independent
The death toll has passed over 1,000 Palestinians, most of which were women and children, the average age of Palestinians in Gaza is 17 years old. The Gaza strip is no more than the size of just three London Boroughs, can you imagine being in an open air prison with no way out the size of Richmond, Kingston and Wimbledon! With rockets being fired upon you, no food, water and electricity with schools being the target by the IDF, UN schools for that matter! It sickens me that Governments worldwide are not doing enough, where is the coverage in the Media? Where is the outcry for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians? We have to ask where is the humanity gone… Why aren’t these acts of terror being condemned?
No doubt the sea of protestors world wide in green, black and red bring hope to the Palestinians, we are the hope they rely upon to speak out for them, we are the voice for the voiceless.
The Media rarely reports on such unity in the mainstream media yet the helicopter has been hovering overhead all afternoon from High Street Kensington to Parliament Square.
We just want peace for Palestine; we want people to understand that.
There were many tables at the start of the demonstration and towards the end, the majority were in Parliament Square were to sign a petition calling on the UK Government to impose an immediate arms embargo on Israel.
Regardless of faith and background everyone united this weekend, this shows what we can do when we pull together to send the message to the Government “We will not tolerate this and not in our name” Tax payers money should not be spent in arming Israel, they have the worlds most technologically advanced military on the face of planet earth! Our Government complains about the minority of the jobless people in the UK using all the money (seriously!), with vital services such as the NHS and Schools across the country facing dire cut backs when on the other hand they are financing Israel with our money in its billions; Damn right not in OUR name! A sea of protesters marching past The Royal Albert Hall.
United in Parliament Square.
Open letter from Norwegian Doctor Dr. Mads Gilbert Phd who is in Gaza inviting @barackobama to come spend 1 night in Shifa hospital with him.
Greetings of Peace
The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.
The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24hrs shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS! Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” (sic!). My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian “sumud” gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace – but we cannot afford that, nor can they.
Ashy grey faces – Oh NO! not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out – oh – the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes,cannulas – the leftovers from death – all taken away…to be prepared again, to be repeated all over. More then 100 cases came to Shifa last 24 hrs. enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here – almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors – all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterdays hospitals.But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormous resolute.t
And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flows, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!
An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic ‘Zennanis’, the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made and paid in and by US. Mr. Obama – do you have a heart? I invite you – spend one night – just one night – with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe. I am convinced, 100%, it would change history. Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people. But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another “dahyia” onslaught on Gaza. The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death. Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.
Mads Gaza, Occupied Palestine Mads Gilbert MD PhD Professor and Clinical Head Clinic of Emergency Medicine University Hospital of North Norway
I will leave this post with a final picture from an anonymous artist… I will let you ponder and judge for yourselves…
Let’s not allow to happen to another nation which has happened before.