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Issue No. 1877

A LONG weekend of campaigning for justice for Palestine began with a rally in memory of Edward Said at Friends House, London, on Thursday of last week.

The rally was organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC). Edward Said was an intellectual, campaigner and tireless fighter for the Palestinian cause, who died recently.

Moving tributes were paid by speakers including actor Vanessa Redgrave, Palestinian representative Afif Safieh, writer Ghada Karmi and Tariq Ali.

Last Saturday Al Awda organised a conference to argue for the right of return of the four million Palestinian refugees dispossessed and expelled by Israeli forces in 1948.

The conference reaffirmed that there can be no solution to the Palestinian question without the refugees being granted the right to return to their homeland.

The climax of the weekend was a day of action on Sunday, which was part of the International Day for the 'Fall of the Wall', to protest against the 'apartheid wall' Israel is constructing to separate itself from the West Bank.

The wall snakes through Palestinian territory, encroaching on Palestinian land, dividing villages and communities, separating families from each other, children from their schools and farmers from their land.

Some 200 protesters from various organisations including the PSC, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, the International Solidarity Movement and Just Peace UK demonstrated in Golders Green, north London. A symbolic wall was demolished to great cheers.

IMILAR 'Fall of the Wall' demonstrations took place in Leeds, Manchester, Exeter and Bristol to mark the international day of action.

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Sat 15 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1877
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