Global solidarity as protests fill the streets for Gaza
A “Day of Rage” for Gaza was held across the world last Saturday.
Up to 200,000 marched in Cape Town, South Africa, drawing parallels between Israel and the apartheid regime.
Protesters wore “Africa understands colonialism” T-shirts.
More than 10,000 marched through Dublin. Thousands more marched in Valencia, Paris and Marseille, Helsinki, Tokyo, Berlin, Melbourne and Delhi.
Thousands marched in Toronto and Montreal in Canada. There were protests in cities across the US including New York and Chicago.
Others protested across the Middle East, notably in Amman in Jordan and Sana’a in Yemen.
Victories for boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign
by Mark Brown
The campaign to boycott the Israeli apartheid state scored important victories recently. Last week, London’s Tricycle Theatre refused funding from the Israeli Embassy for the UK Jewish Film Festival (UKJFF), which it hosts every year.
The theatre offered to fund the festival but organisers chose to prioritise their relationship with the Israeli state and withdrew the event.
Socialists welcome the Tricycle’s act of solidarity. We also urge UKJFF organisers to think again, and hold their event without Israeli funding.
The Tricycle’s stance follows victories for campaigners in Scotland calling for boycotts of Israeli state-funded shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.
The Israeli state’s efforts to “normalise” its international image by sending arts companies abroad is well established.
Boycotting sends a clear message that Israel is isolated, just as apartheid South Africa was previously.
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New Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Activists in Turkey announced a new Freedom Flotilla on Monday to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza and bring aid to the besieged Palestinians.
The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) group has formed an international coalition with supporters in 12 different countries.
The group last sent an aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, to Gaza in 2010. It was attacked by Israeli commandos and nine Turkish citizens were killed. Another died later of their wounds.
In a statement the group wrote that “The Freedom Flotilla Coalition affirmed that, as most governments are complicit, the responsibility falls on civil society to challenge the Israeli blockade on Gaza.”