Written by: Mohamed Moussa
Saturday, May 22nd, demonstrations were held in major cities in the United Kingdom to demand justice for Palestine after the end of the Israeli forces’ attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.
The mobilization was organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and other related organizations, as thousands of protesters took to the streets of London, Coventry and Swindon calling on the government to impose sanctions on the government of Benjamin Netanyahu and to halt all sales. Of arms to Israel.
Yes, the violent, indiscriminate and traumatic attacks on Gaza have now ended, but we all know that the fighting is not over and that our brothers and sisters in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque are continuing. .
See also: The remainder of the 11 days of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip
“The (UK) 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 the other occupied territories, where hundreds of people have been killed and thousands have been killed. They are injured and displaced. The (British) government also bears the responsibility to help rebuild Gaza “.
In London, thousands of protesters gathered on the north bank of the Thames before marching down the main streets of the capital and finally reaching Hyde Park, where they heard sermons and chanted slogans.
Hundreds of protesters also gathered in Broadgate Square in downtown Coventry, waving Palestinian flags and chanting “Freedom … Freedom … Palestine!” And “From the river to the sea, Palestine is free!” In Swindon, protesters and activists marched in central areas of the city, demanding justice for the dead in Gaza.
“The Israeli attacks on Gaza are periodic that occur every two years and aim to stifle development and keep its inhabitants in a vicious circle of poverty and despair. However, this attack is different, as it has awakened many people from all over the world .. everyone has some anger and sadness and this is what we are witnessing today.” Here in London and elsewhere, we hope that the people of Palestine see this message and know that they are not alone, “said one of the demonstrators.
The ceasefire between the Palestinian resistance factions and Israel came into effect on Friday, with Egyptian mediation, ending 11 days of fighting.
At least 279 Palestinians, including 69 children and 40 women, were killed, and 1,910 others were injured in Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
Jerusalem remains the epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as Palestinians hope that East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel, will become the capital of a future Palestinian state.
*Jose Ricardo Baez J. contributed to translating this story.
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