Several hundred pro-Hamas radicals and Socialist Worker Party members held a rally today in London.
The signs they were handing out had the Socialist Worker Party logo on them.
The socialists and pro-Hamas supporters chanted, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London November 17, 2012. Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza on Saturday, including the prime minister’s residence. (Reuters)
The Belfast Telegraph reported:
Protesters gathered near the Israeli embassy in London have condemned the British Government’s stance on the conflict in Gaza.
With placards, flags and chants, the activists branded Israel a “terror state” and showed their solidarity with the people of the Palestinian enclave.
Speakers took to a podium to condemn the Government after Foreign Secretary William Hague said the Hamas regime in Gaza bore “principal responsibility” for the escalation of violence.
Organisers claimed that “thousands” of protesters had joined the rally. There was a major police presence in London’s Kensington area, with barriers and a gate blocking the road leading to the embassy.
Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said protesters wanted to show they were “vehemently opposed” to the Foreign Office’s position.
She said: “We are insisting that the British Government uphold international law and human rights and tells Israel to end its war now. It’s very clear what is happening here – Gaza is under siege, Israel started this by assassinating the person who was trying to negotiate a long-term truce with Israel.
“It’s very clear who started this and who is suffering – 39 Palestinians have been killed so far and over 390 have been wounded. This war has to stop.”