Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 08:30:58 AM EST
In breach of International law to prevent genocide with slaughter of civilians in Gaza concentration camp of Palestinian refugees. A demonstration of ugliness seldom witnessed of biblical proportion. And the majority of the Western world stay silent in approval of weeks of inhumane acts by the military might of the "Jewish" state of Israel. Many protesters in Washington were of the Jewish diaspora and were part of the organization such as the Jewish Voice for Peace.
Protesters rally around the world demanding immediate ceasefire in Gaza | Al Jazeera |
'In our thousands, in our millions, we are all Palestinian' - thousands demonstrate in Washington, London, Berlin, Dakar.
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in cities across the world for a weekend of demonstrations demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
Pro-Palestine demonstrations took place on Saturday in various cities including Washington, DC; London; Paris; Berlin; Milan and Dhaka.
In Turkey, a convoy of Palestine supporters headed to a US military base in the south of the country for a protest to coincide with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken`s arrival to the country on Sunday.
On Saturday, at least 15 people were killed and dozens more wounded in an Israeli attack on al-Fakhoora school in Jabalia refugee camp, as Israel continued its air and ground assault of the besieged enclave.
Since the war began, 9,488 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza. More children have died in Gaza in this war so far than in all conflicts around the world in each of the past four years, according to the charity Save the Children.
Large crowds held sit-down protests in London blocking Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus before marching to and gathering in Trafalgar Square.
Protesters held "Freedom for Palestine" placards and chanted "ceasefire now" and "in our thousands, in our millions, we are all Palestinians".
London's Metropolitan Police estimated that around 30,000 attended the rally. Police said they had made 11 arrests, including one for displaying a placard that could incite hate, contrary to terrorism legislation.
Earlier, some demonstrators had also gathered outside the BBC headquarters in London in protest at the network's coverage of the war, which they called "biased".
Just as complicit in Israeli war crimes
Echoing Washington's stance, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's government has stopped short of calling for a ceasefire, and instead advocated humanitarian pauses to allow aid into Gaza.
As de slaughter continues unabated, UN shelters, hospitals, aid workers and ambulances were targeted in an unseen series of war crimes ... decades of impunity and protected by the United Stated has led to further escalation of violence.
Wow... an ABC News reporter from the scene in Gaza at an undisclosed location as an EMBEDDED REPORTER ... fu*king idiots, never learned the lessons of horror from the illegal Iraq War. Half a million Iraqi civilians died from US and UK bombs.
END THE WAR NOW ⁉️ MAKE PEACE ☮️
FREE PALESTINE 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸
END APARTHEID -- END OCCUPATION
Mass murderers should not go free ... failure of the ICC prosecution.
’No ceasefire, no votes’: tens of thousands attend pro-Palestinian rally in Washington DC | The Guardian |
Protesters call on Biden to demand ceasefire in Israel-Gaza conflict and end military aid to Israel
Tens of thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched through downtown Washington DC on Saturday in what organizers hoped was the largest US demonstration of its kind since Israel began its bombardment of Gaza after Hamas attacked the country last month.
The crowd waved Palestinian flags, carried posters and chanted slogans during the National March on Washington: Free Palestine, which took place alongside similar events across the US and elsewhere in the world.
Organizers representing or endorsed by dozens of pro-Palestinian groups directed marchers to Freedom Plaza in the nation’s capital before looping past the White House.
“Now is the time to stand with the besieged people of Palestine! Gaza is being bombed by the hour. Its people are denied food, water and electricity by Israel. Tens of thousands more people are likely to die. We must ACT!” the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (Answer) coalition said on its website.
The march, alongside protests in New York, Seattle and other US cities, was part of an intensifying push to demand both a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza conflict and an end to US and western military aid to Israel. Demonstrations in support of Palestine were also staged in London, Berlin, Paris, Ankara and Istanbul with a similar message for both Israel and supportive western governments.
Brian Becker, the director of Answer, told the crowd in Washington that US public support for the Palestinian people had “entered a new era unlike any that had come before it”.
He drew a parallel with the anti-apartheid movement against South Africa four decades ago, saying that when it began the US Congress still considered Nelson Mandela a terrorist. But seven years later, Mandela was the president of South Africa.
Change, Becker said, happens “in leaps and bounds” but not as a result of what happens in Congress or who is the White House, but what happens in communities and on the streets.
“The change comes from us,” he said. “We’re sending a strong message, a very strong message to Joe Biden: if you stand with genocide, we hold you guilty of genocide.”
“When you kill 10,000 Palestinians not because of what they’ve done but because of who they are, when you commit genocide against a people, and destroy a people in whole or in part, you are guilty of genocide and that’s why we’re going to the White House.”
Israel-Hamas war: Protests outside Netanyahu's residence | DW News |
Anti-government protesters have gathered in Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv, Haifa, Beersheba and Eilat. Meanwhile, UN chief Guterres said he was "horrified" by an Israeli strike on ambulances in Gaza.
Israel’s war of vengeance shows international law is ’a manipulated series of norms’ | TRT World |
Renowned International Law Professor Richard Falk says Western leadership becomes "self-righteous" to enforce international law "when it's in their interest" while in other cases, they remain silent.
The scale of devastation caused by Israeli bombings in Gaza is horrifying. A small enclave of over two million Palestinians navigating back-breaking economic and social blockade for decades, Gaza has once again been subjected to collective punishment – Israel’s use of incendiary bombs on densely populated civilian areas amounts to war crimes.
In moments like these, when a staggering death toll of civilians isn’t significant enough to move the international community to use the same language of condemnation and criticism it has employed against Russia in light of the Ukraine conflict, Western leadership fails to convince the world about the uniformity of its much-touted "rules-based order".
Will Tel Aviv ever be held accountable for the crimes it has committed in Gaza?
In search of an answer, TRT World spoke to Richard Falk, Professor of International Law Emeritus at Princeton University and former UN Special Rapporteur on Israeli Violations of Palestinian human rights.
Israel-Hamas war: Erdogan cuts ties with Netanyahu as Israeli PM rejects call for humanitarian pause | EuroNews |
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