Thousands attend pro-Palestinian solidarity march in London, calling on Group of Seven (G7) leaders meeting in the south-west of England to support Palestinian rights.
As part of the “Resist G7: Day of Action for International Justice” rally, protesters marched on Saturday to the official residence of Prime Minister Borris Johnson on Downing Street, singing and holding banners to protest Israel’s policies in the United States. occupied Palestinian territory.
Protesters demanded an end to what they said is complicity in Israel’s war crimes against Palestinians by the UK and other G7 governments.
Former Labor party leader Jeremy Corbyn attended the march and addressed the crowd.
“At today’s Justice for Palestine rally in London, I also called for a halt to arms sales,” Corbyn wrote on Twitter.
“Weapons made in the UK kill civilians – including children – in conflicts abroad. This must be stopped,” he said.
At today’s Justice for Palestine rally in London, I also called for a halt to arms sales. Weapons made in the UK kill civilians (including children) in conflicts abroad. This has to stop. pic.twitter.com/Sf2tEGjtkX
– Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 12, 2021
The rally came as the informal club of seven leading economies – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – met face to face in Cornwall for the first time in two years to address the world health crisis and climate change.
Paul Brennan, of Al Jazeera, a London informant, said the focus of protesters was “changing” and “evolving” since a fragile ceasefire was announced between Israel and Hamas, the group that rules the Gaza Strip. besieged.
From Israel Gaza bombing for 11 days it killed 253 Palestinians, including at least 66 children, leaving behind many destroyed buildings, houses and infrastructure in the besieged enclave.
“What they have talked about mainly is BDS to try to force Israel to better treat the Palestinian people,” Brennan said, referring to the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
“The call of the protesters here to the G7 leaders is to pay some attention to this and to take the issue seriously,” he said.
Protesters want to keep up the pressure to make the actions “necessary and inevitable,” he added.
On the march, Raghad al-Takriti, president of the Muslim Association of Britain, said the message to G7 leaders is “clear”.
“It’s about defending international law. It is adherence to international law, “al-Takriti told Al Jazeera.
“It’s time for these leaders to talk about the implementation, to end the siege of Gaza … and to stop their complicity, their arms deals with Israel,” he said.
Among the groups involved were Friends of Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC), which estimated that some 8,000 people demonstrated outside Downing Street demanding justice for the Palestinians.
In a statement, the PSC said: “All governments have an obligation to end their complicity and help dismantle apartheid. Instead of helping and inciting the racist government of Israel over the Palestinian people, the G7 must end all military security cooperation with Israel and apply specific sanctions until Israel complies with international law. ”
The protest was the latest in a series of pro-Palestinian rallies that have taken place in London since tensions rose in East Jerusalem occupied by Israel’s planned forced displacement of Palestinian families by Sheikh Jarrah, the attacks on the enclosure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Israeli army. assault on Gaza.
In recent weeks, hundreds of Palestinians have been arrested in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory to protest Israeli policies. Dozens have been injured in clashes with armed Israeli police.
At least four Palestinians – including a child – have been shot and killed since Thursday only in the occupied West Bank.