PERTH, Australia: Pro-Palestine solidarity marches are being held around the world in a continuation of weeklong demonstrations, with protesters demanding their respective governments impose sanctions and a military embargo to cut the supply of weapons to Israel.
The fighting came to an end after the Israeli government and Palestinian fighter groups agreed on a ceasefire that started on Friday.
The Sheikh Jarrah protests against forced expulsion of Palestinians by Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem, and the Israeli attack on Muslim worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, during the holy month of Ramadhan, served as a catalyst for Israel’s attacks in Gaza.
Protests were held in London, Melbourne and Paris on Saturday, while more of them were scheduled for the weekend in other big cities, including New York.
In Adelaide, hundreds of protesters gathered outside Parliament House before marching through the city centre.
“We need to remember that just because they announced a ceasefire doesn’t mean it’s over. It will never be over until Palestine is free,” said Australian Palestinian community member Jana Fandi who attended the rally.
In Sydney, thousands of protesters gathered in Hyde Park before marching through the streets, chanting and waving banners.
Hundreds of people participated in ‘Stand with Palestine’ rally in Perth to register their protest against the Israeli massacre in the Gaza Strip.
Pro-Palestine protesters gathered at the rally despite wet weather.
The United Kingdom
At the march in London, there was a “sense of relief” with Israel’s attacks halting, but that more needed to be done. Protesters were seen draped in Palestinian flags and set off green and red smoke flares.
Others carried banners declaring “Free Palestine”, “Stop bombing Gaza” and “Sanctions on Israel”.
A solidarity protest in the capital, Paris, was held with thousands attending the march.
“A ceasefire does not resolve the question. This fight concerns all those who are attached to the values of justice, dignity and law,” said Bertrand Heilbronn, president of the France Palestine Solidarity Association which organised the Paris rally and other demonstrations.
The capital marchers shouted slogans such as “Palestine will live, Palestine will win”, “Israel assassin, Macron accomplice”, “and We are all Palestinians.”
Hundreds of people rallied in support of Palestinians in demonstrations held in the German cities of Frankfurt and Berlin.
In Berlin, hundreds came to the rally, many waving Palestine flags and carrying posters that read “Free Palestine” and slogans against Israel’s state terrorism in the occupied territory.
Many chanted “Palestine will be free from the river to the sea” at the event titled “The events in Palestine and the German media”.
The Jamaat-i-Islami on Sunday staged a massive rally in solidarity with the people of Palestine while condemning the Israeli attacks and the silence of the world leaders, which, it said, indirectly were supporting the Zionist thoughts and ambitions.
The opposition party, both at the Centre and in the provinces, also rejected any backdoor talks and “deal” on Kashmir with India and warned the authorities that it would march on Islamabad if any decision regarding the occupied valley was taken against the national will and desire of the Kashmiri people.
Thousands of people, including women and children, marched on Sharea Faisal to mark the ‘Palestine March’ where not only local leadership of the JI addressed the charged crowd, but key men of Palestine’s Hamas spoke to the rally through video link.
The key moment of the show emerged when Ismail Abdel Salam Ahmed Haniyeh, Hamas chief, joined the rally through video link and addressed the participants.
The crowd welcomed him with ‘Labbaik Ya Aqsa’ and other pro-Palestine slogans.
In his brief address, Haniyeh thanked the people of Pakistan for their undeterred support for the people of Palestine.
Pakistan also observed countrywide “Palestine Day” demonstrations have been held across Pakistan in solidarity with Palestinians Friday.
Demonstrations attended by hundreds were held in Karachi, the country’s biggest city, as well as the eastern city of Lahore, the capital Islamabad and elsewhere on Friday.