LONDON (Ma’an) — Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of London, on Saturday, in solidarity with the Palestinian people who are commemorating the 71st anniversary of the 1948 Nakba or “catastrophe,” when an estimated 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes when the state of Israel was created.
Leading the protesters was Palestinian icon 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, who was filmed kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier who had encroached on her family’s property, soldiers had shot her 15-year-old cousin Muhammad in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet. Ahed was sentenced to eight months of Israeli imprisonment and was released in July 2018.
Ahed shouted, “We will not be made victims! We will continue to resist!,” during the march.
Organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), the march saw speakers calling for justice for the Palestinian people and an end to the 12-year Israeli siege on Gaza.
The protesters also condemned the recent attacks on the Gaza Strip, which killed 27 Palestinians, including an infant, a toddler, and two pregnant women.
Protesters were chanting, “Free Palestine” and “End Siege in Gaza,” while holding up signs and placards, reading, “Exist! Resist! Return!” and “Freedom to Palestine.” Some of the protesters were filmed saying, “It was Britain that was supposed to protect the rights of an entire people! But it failed.”
Jeremy Corbyn, head of the British opposition Labor Party, also showed support for the march via his official Twitter account. He wrote, “We cannot stand by or stay silent at the continuing denial of rights and justice to the Palestinian people.”
(Source: Ma’an News Agency)