Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Protests for Palestine multiply

by New Worker correspondent
AN ESTIMATED 60,000 protesters filled London streets last Saturday – for the third week in a row – to show their anger at the continuing slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli war machine.
And around Britain and the world scores of similar protests took place. Saturday 26th July also saw demonstrations worldwide; from Tehran to Paris, Islamabad to Berlin, Jammu in India to Wellington in New Zealand, Singapore to Buenos Aires, Tunis to Seoul, from Durban in South Africa to Dublin in Ireland, from Oslo to San Francisco: hundreds of cities and towns in every continent all calling for an end to the attack on Gaza and a lifting of the siege.
            And notably, 5000 protesters gathered in Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel, under the banner, "No more deaths – Israeli-Palestinian peace, now." Demonstrators chanting “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies” called for an end to the occupation and the siege on Gaza, and lit candles to commemorate the victims.
In London tens of thousands of people filled Kensington High Street outside the Israeli embassy as they assembled for a march to Parliament Square.
When the marchers reached Parliament Square, among the many speakers they heard were Labour MPs Diane Abbott and Jeremy Corbyn, musicians Brian Eno and Dave Randall, the poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen and CND's Bruce Kent.
On 29th July the student movement in Britain issued a powerful united statement in solidarity with the people of Palestine. Amongst the signatories is National Union of Students Officers representing millions of students across Britain and over 100 pro-Palestine student leaders and activists from colleges and universities.
Meanwhile British unions have backed a Gaza emergency medical supply drop
The global International Transport Workers’ Federation has sent a lorry load of medical supplies to Gaza.
The ITF, which counts Aslef, Balpa, CWU, GMB, RMT, Nautilus, Prospect, PCS, TSSA, USDAW and Unite as its affiliates, has called for an immediate ceasefire.
It has organised a programme to help trade unions send food and medicines to Gaza. The federation’s office in Amman, Jordan is coordinating the provision of aid and is putting together the first cargo load now for despatch and is expected to reach Gaza on Friday.
The supplies will be handed over to UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) and the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation, whose support includes the running of a mobile hospital there.

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