The fight is not over because there is a ceasefire. National UK demonstrations this weekend (#Gaza)

gdem2Just because there is a ceasefire on Gaza at the moment does not mean that the plight of civilians is over. Today, there are few reports in the mainstream media about people in Gaza trying to recover from the atrocious barbarism against them over past weeks.

But the fight is not over. The people of Gaza have suffered disproportionate loss and somehow must find a way to recover some kind of normality in their lives.

The UN estimates that nearly a third of Gaza’s population is displaced – their homes and communities obliterated.

If the ceasefire holds, somehow the infrastructure in Gaza has to be rebuilt. A task made more difficult by Israel’s embargos which restrict basic supplies such as building materials.

Demonstrations are continuing throughout the world, with national and local demonstrations taking place this weekend.

In the UK, national trade unions have called for a massive turn-out for demonstrations this Saturday (9th August).

Britain’s largest transport union, RMT, has called on members to show their support for the people of Gaza. RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash told Union News: “RMT is mobilising our members in support of the people of Gaza. Our union has a clear policy for the boycott of Israeli goods as one of the ways that we can register our outrage and horror at the massacre that has been unleashed on the Palestinian people.”

“Trade unions have a key role to play in harnessing and mobilising the opposition to the massacre in Gaza and that is exactly what we are doing,” he continued.

The National Union of Teachers is calling on its members to support the demonstrations, and is one of Britain’s largest national unions, UNISON.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said “UNISON re-iterates its call for an immediate cease-fire and an end to the blockade imprisoning 1.9 million people. And we want the international community to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid to Gaza, including food, water, medical aid and generators.

“Our government must immediately end the arms trade with Israel.  But a lasting peace relies on an end to the illegal occupation and blockade of the Palestinian territories and for the creation of a viable, independent Palestinian state alongside Israel,” he said.

Saturday’s demonstration in London will start at 12 noon outside the BBC building in Portland Place, and march to rally at Hyde Park, going via the US embassy.

Many regional branches of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign are organising coaches to take people to the demonstration in London.

You can find out more on the PSC website.

 

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