OVER 5,000 people rallied in Trafalgar Square on Saturday of last week in support of the Palestinians. The date was chosen to mark the 55th anniversary of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians at the founding of the Israeli state in 1948.
Among the speakers addressing the rally, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, was Sophie Hurndall. Her brother Tom went to Palestine as a peace activist and was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier when he went to rescue some children who were under fire.
Sophie said, 'My parents, my two other brothers and myself have spent much of the last five weeks at Tom's bedside in Israel, and also in Gaza trying to find answers. In spite of numerous repeated requests during that time, we have been bluntly refused an explanation from, or any communication with, the Israeli forces. My parents have even been shot at in Gaza. They have now been refused entry unless they sign a waiver absolving the Israeli army of any responsibility if the army shoots at them. Is that what freedom and democracy are in Israel?'