A DABKE dance flashmob took place inside the heart of the British Museum and in a central London Barclays Bank on Tottenham Court Road, bringing the public to a standstill yesterday.
The protest took place in solidarity with the Day of Rage organised by Palestine supporters for the first anniversary of last year’s Gaza massacre, in which Israeli troops killed 2,300 people — the vast majority of whom were civilians.
The action was also organised in support of the Palestinian civil society call for a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) as the most effective form of international solidarity.
Sharish Desan, one of the organisers from Gaza, said: “Cultural resistance tells another narrative about Palestine. Dabke is a representation of solidarity and co-operation, a symbol of steadfastness, love for life and determination. It is a form of art through which Palestinians express joy and gratitude to each other, and also to their land.”