June 18, 2024

LONDON: Tens of 1000’s of individuals throughout the UK held protests on Saturday as a part of a “Day of Motion” towards the resumption of Israel’s renewed assault on Gaza following a seven-day pause in preventing, organizers mentioned. 

“Israel’s resolution to renew its bombardment of Gaza flies within the face of worldwide legislation, which prohibits collective punishment and assaults on civilians,” mentioned Ben Jamal, the director of the Palestine Solidarity Marketing campaign — one of many organizers of the nationwide name. 

“Each humanitarian company on the bottom has indicated that the size of destruction already wrought by Israel has pushed Gaza to the brink of disaster, the place deaths from illness and lack of medical providers might outstrip the present casualty figures,” he added.

“In that context not solely is it unconscionable that Israel would renew its assaults, (however) additionally it is shameful and unacceptable that UK political leaders would give their help, tacitly or explicitly.”

At the least 193 Palestinians have been killed because the cease-fire ended on Friday, in line with Gazan well being officers, including to the greater than 15,000 Palestinians killed because the begin of the warfare between Israel and Hamas following a shock assault on Oct. 7 in southern Israel.

“Bizarre individuals throughout the UK will come out once more to point out the overwhelming majority of them help a everlasting cease-fire, they may present their solidarity with Palestinians who’re experiencing insufferable struggling, (and) they may also demand the foundation causes usually are not forgotten — Israel’s decades-long navy occupation of Palestinian territories and its system of apartheid towards Palestinians.

“We demand justice for the Palestinian individuals – their proper to self-determination and to stay in freedom, dignity and with equality,” he added.

PSC has organized weekly nationwide marches in London because the warfare started, a few of which organizers mentioned drew round 800,000 individuals and was among the many nations largest demonstrations in historical past. The following scheduled nationwide march is about to be held on Dec. 9.

Numerous occasions have been held across the nation as a part of the decision, together with cease-fire rallies and vigils in locations resembling Brighton, Hull within the north of England, Coventry within the heart, Canterbury within the southeast, and the Welsh capital Cardiff.