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Keep up the solidarity with Gaza

Issue No. 2137

A magnificent movement of solidarity with Gaza is rolling out across the country.

The demands for aid to Gaza, to boycott Israeli goods, and to stop all arms sales have galvanised opposition.

Collections in workplaces and colleges have raised tens of thousands of pounds.

Supporters of Palestine have been holding fundraising events. Some 400 people packed into a dinner in Bradford last week to raise support for the children of Gaza.

There have been meetings in Bury, Glasgow, Gillingham, London, Nottingham, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Worcester and many other towns across the country.

A group of artists held a gig in Edinburgh which raised £3,800 to buy a generator for a hospital in Gaza.

In Sheffield members of Equity, the actors’ union, raised £1,700 at a benefit night.

Echoing tactics used during the struggle against apartheid South Africa, activists in north London marched into supermarkets and filled trolleys with Israeli produce.

They rolled the trolleys into the centre of the stores and pointed out goods that come from land seized from Palestinian farmers.

National trade unions are backing the campaign. The executive of the Unite union last week issued a statement demanding an end to the blockade, and a halt to arms sales to Israel.

The union also encouraged branches to affiliate to the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and Stop the War Coalition.

The Stop the War Coalition, which has helped organise a series of huge marches for Palestine, is calling on activists to revitalise groups across the country.

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