The Islamic Human Rights Commission is urging people to fly the Palestinian flag from their homes, cars and religious centres during the last 10 days of Ramadan.
The IHRC is the main organiser of the UK’s annual Al-Quds Day march which will go online this year because of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Al-Quds Day takes place each year on the last Friday of Ramadan when millions of people pour onto the streets of cities around the world to voice their support for Palestinians and to call for an end to Israel’s atrocities and occupation.
But to mark the occasion this year, the Justice for Palestine Committee will be streaming messages from a wide array of community leaders, activists and public figures online. The event on YouTube and Facebook will take place on Friday 22 May 2020 between 4-6pm.
And to make sure the Palestinians are not forgotten the IHRC has launched a #FlyTheFlag campaign.
As coronavirus rips through countries everywhere, nowhere is the disease likely to be more keenly felt than in Palestine, particularly in Gaza where millions of people live cheek by jowl in one of the most densely populated places on earth.
The IHRC says their suffering is amplified by Israel’s weaponisation of COVID-19 to prevent the entry of much-needed medical equipment into Palestine and the passage of Palestinians across checkpoints to access health care in Israel or outside.
IHRC chair Massoud Shadjareh said: “We are asking everyone to place Palestinian flags on their homes, cars and places or places of worship – and even on their masks when they go out in the streets. We need to highlight the injustice of the occupation of Palestine and I think we have an opportunity to do this in a major way online.
“Forty organisations have already joined the campaign from across the world, and we will also commemorate Al-Quds Day and Al Nakba Day which are in the last 10 days of Ramadan.”