In the biggest demonstration yet against the atrocities committed by the Zionist government in Israel, in the region of 150,000 people marched from BBC headquarters near Oxford Circus to rally at Hyde Park.
Other demonstrations around the world include:
- Sydney and Melbourne in Australia
- Bangalore in India
- Paris in France
- And one of the biggest demonstrations South Africa has seen, where an estimated 50,000 people took to the streets of Cape Town
The following report is from Natasha Culzac, The Independent.
Thousands of people opposed to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza have taken to the streets in London in a mass demonstration to try and intensify pressure on the British government.
Arranged by a compendium of anti-war campaigners and religious organisations, the march, from the BBC’s headquarters near Oxford Circus to Hyde Park, was claimed by organisers to have had as many as 150,000 in attendance.
The Met Police told The Independent that it was entirely peaceful and no arrests were made.
Protesters’ travelled past the US Embassy en route to the central London park, waving “Free Palestine” placards and flags, while chanting that the Israeli offensive is a “massacre.”
Vocal opponents of Israel’s airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, including Lib Dem MP David Ward and Labour politician Jeremy Corbyn, also took part in the protests.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, one of the core organisers of the event, said in a statement yesterday that it wants the march to bring a stop to UK military and industrial collaboration with Israel.
“[The demonstration] will increase the pressure on the British Government to introduce an immediate arms embargo on the State of Israel,” it said.
A samba band entertained protesters while a number of flags made by football fans were held above the crowd.
A Jewish father told a Press Association reporter that while many of his Jewish friends were equally as outraged by the apocalyptic images emanating from the region, they were too afraid to join the march.
Dan Rosenberg, 43, said: “It is horrific what is going on in Gaza. It is collective punishment. I don’t know how any human being can stand back while this is happening.
“But it is difficult being here. We have seen the anti-Semitic attitudes and you feel very threatened and scared, but we feel we have to stand up and represent.
“Even standing here we feel quite uncomfortable. You hear people say they think the Jews run the media. Those beliefs are unpleasant, ignorant and racist.
“I have Jewish friends who wanted to come but they felt uncomfortable being here.”
A teenager also described how if she was in the same situation as Palestinians, she would also want the international community to stick up for her.
“People shouldn’t stand by and watch an injustice. I have little brothers and sisters and if I was in that situation I would want people globally to fight for me,” Yasmin Rackal, 17, said.
Meanwhile, a similar protest in Cape Town, South Africa, today was said to be one of the biggest in its history.
Between 30-50,000 people demanded “decisive action from the South African government against the Israeli attacks, killings, displacement and destruction of the Gaza Strip,” reports iAfrica.com.
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