Huge pro-Palestine/anti-Israel rallies held across UK

Tens of thousands of people have joined a pro-Palestine/anti-Israel protest in London today as a 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was held in Gaza.

Protesters chanted “Free Palestine” outside the Israeli Embassy as they called for an end to the conflict. The event in Kensington High Street, west London, was the latest in a series of protests organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, as tensions soared in the Middle East.

Several similar protests were being held across the country today.

In the Middle East, almost 900 Palestinians (mainly civilians) and 40 Israelis (mainly soldiers) have been killed.

Yesterday activists delivered a petition to Downing Street calling on the UK government to announce an immediate arms embargo on Israel. They were joined by MPs Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and Jim Fitzpatrick.

Hugh Lanning, PSC chair, said: “Israel is in violation of international law with its attack on the civilian population of Gaza. Our aid and arms are helping to kill these innocent people in Gaza. Now it’s time for our government to respond appropriately and impose sanctions, in particular an arms embargo, unless Israel ends this bloody campaign of collective punishment against the Palestinian people.”

Last Saturday, similar numbers of people marched through central London to show their opposition to attacks by the Israeli military.

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