Thousands march in London for a ‘free Palestine’


The leader of the United Kingdom opposition Labour Party, MP Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday voiced his party's support for Palestinians, condemning human rights violations by Israel while thousands of people were taking part in a pro-Palestinian rally, dubbed the National Demonstration for Palestine, in London.

The procession started in Portland Place and protesters marched through Oxford Circus and Trafalgar Square to reach Downing Street where the government offices are located.

The Nakba, which means catastrophe, for the Palestinian people is marked on May 15 each year, in memory of the forcible transfer of two thirds of the Palestinians and ethnic cleansing of at least 418 villages as a result of the 1948 war.

"Palestine has the right to exist but sadly that is a right that is increasingly threatened", said Labour MP Richard Burgeon. "From the river, to the sea, Palestine will be free", she said.

"What happens in Gaza is a plan that aims at ending the two-state solution and turning the Palestinian cause from being political to humanitarian", said Ishtaye, who welcomed providing humanitarian aid for Gaza through legal channels. "We will continue to resist!"

Ahead of the protests Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn expressed his personal support.

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Pat Gaffney, from Pax Christi, told ICN: "The large turn out at the Rally for Palestine indicates the on-going call to work for peace in the region".

Organisers explained that they are protesting against "unprecedented attacks to the collective rights of the Palestinian people" by the Israeli state.

PPS said the Israel Prison Service (IPS) attempted to break Haroub and Awawi's hunger strike by moving them from one prison to another, in hope of causing fatigue and deterioration in their health.

We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle for their rights, supported by Israeli peace and justice campaigners like B'tselem and Gush Shalom.

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