Tens of thousands show solidarity as bloodshed continues
Palestine solidarity actions escalated this weekend with demonstrations taking place for the second week in a row all over Britain.
As the Israeli Defence Force continued to bomb the Gaza Strip under Operation Protective Edge, thousands of people took to the streets of London, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff among others.
Palestinian Durham University student Siba Fadda told the Star: “We need international pressure to make this atrocity stop.”
Ms Fadda — who left her hometown Nablus after she won a scholarship to study in England last year — joined this Saturday’s Durham Miners’ Gala with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
She felt she had to be there because Israel placed no value on her life as a Palestinian.
“We are exhausted and we are humans,” Ms Fadda said.
“Our lives are as important and we deserve to live.”
Central London was rammed with a sea of people waving flags and banners on Friday, while Bradford hosted a mass protest yesterday evening where campaigners converged with those watching the World Cup final.
Charitable organisations across the country are now preparing to ramp up action with protests and vigils called for the coming weeks.
Stop the War has no less than four events planned this week alone.
On Saturday July 19 a national demonstration to lobby government on the bombing of Gaza is set to start at Downing Street.
It will be the third protest in the capital in less than three weeks.
Reacting to pressure yesterday, Foreign Secretary William Hague told the press there was an “urgent need” for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to negotiate.
Mr Hague fell short of condemning air strikes on Gaza, quickly adding that “Israel has a right to defend itself” against Hamas-launched rocket attacks.
Yet, that very morning IDF announced that many cities in the north of the Strip has been leafleted and warned to evacuate ahead of further bombings.
Meanwhile celebrities and activists have showed concerns over the BBC’s coverage of the massacre.
Musician Brian Eno said in an open letter published by the Guardian this Saturday that coverage seemed to ignore the fact that Palestinian children were recurrently killed, imprisoned and tortured daily by the Israeli army.
“The BBC seems to regard Palestinian lives as less valuable, less newsworthy,” added the music producer.