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Activists take to the streets against the slaughter in Gaza

Issue No. 2135

The scale and breadth of the demonstrations against Israel’s assault on Gaza has underlined a resurgence of the anti-war movement in Britain.

They have also shown the massive shift in attitudes towards Israel that has taken place over the last few years.

Thousands of people attended protests and rallies up and down the country last Saturday. Birmingham saw its largest demonstration in many years when over 5,500 people marched through the city centre.

Around 6,000 people protested in Blackburn and over 1,000 in Exeter in the biggest march in solidarity with the Palestinians ever held in the West Country.

A march in Newport, South Wales, began with around 300 people but grew to 500 as people joined it along the way. Over 500 attended a vigil and protest in Cambridge. In Nottingham around 600 people marched while 1,000 joined a demonstration and rally in Oxford, where historian of Israel and professor of international relations Avi Shlaim exposed the lie that Israel is the victim.

Five hundred people took to the streets of Dundee. Up to 1,000 marched through Walthamstow, east London, and over 100 protested in Whitstable.

Around 250 marched through St Albans.

And activity has not been limited to Saturday protests. Around 150 people demonstrated outside the BBC in Glasgow on Thursday of last week to protest at its coverage of the war on Gaza.

Activists in Manchester placed shoes on the steps of the town hall last Sunday to remember those killed in Gaza. Some 1,500 people held a mass “die in” in Preston.

As evidence of atrocities in Gaza mounts, the Stop the War Coalition will be holding rallies across Britain to continue building solidarity with Palestine and to demand that Israel is held to account.

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