Thousands of people are protesting outside the Israeli embassy on Kensington High Street in London against the murder of peace activists on the humanitarian Freedom Flotilla. People are chanting, “Free Palestine” and “Shut down the embassy.”
Other protests are taking place across the world and Britain, with around 500 people demonstrating in Manchester.
The anger at Israel’s actions was palpable as a march of hundreds from Downing Street to the embassy swelled to become one of thousands. Hundreds of people were waiting to greet the march as it arrived after it had snaked through central London’s streets for one and a half hours. Many Muslims have joined the protest.
“The tragedy that Israel inflicts upon the people of Palestine is a disgrace,” Mark Watkins, a health worker in south London, told Socialist Worker. “Our government, and the ones before it, are complicit in the persecution of the Palestinians.
“If this government has learned anything from the last 13 years of New Labour it should be that it has to listen to the people it claims to represent. We have to protest until the siege of Gaza is ended.”
Many people who protested against Israel’s onslaught on Gaza 17 months ago came out onto the streets again today.
“I was here last January when the streets were full of people, just like today,” said Steve, a student. “I’d hoped that would be the last time I would have to protest against what Israel is doing.
“Demonstrations like this prove that we’re part of a much bigger movement.”