**END THE SIEGE NOW: EMERGENCY RALLY FOR GAZA**
Over the last 2 weeks Israel has intensified its brutal oppression of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza strip.
Israeli imposed fuel cuts have meant that residents receive only 1 to 3 hours of electricity per day, affecting all parts of everyday life, including disrupting essential medical treatment and facilities for Covid-19 testing. Moreover, Israel has closed the Kerem Shalom crossing, the only commercial crossing from Gaza to Israel.
As they are plunged in darkness due to the punishing electricity crisis, Israel has been bombing Gaza every night for the 2 weeks, damaging Gaza’s already crumbling infrastructure.
On top of this, the first cases of community transmission of Covid-19 in Gaza have occurred, with 4 cases being diagnosed out of quarantine, creating worries of a deadly outbreak that the healthcare system is ill equipped to cope with, already devastated by 14 years of Israeli blockade. The blockade means the health system lacks essential medicines, and has just 65 ventilators for a population of 2 million.
The illegal collective punishment imposed on Palestinians in Gaza must end.
We must take action, to demand the siege is lifted and Israel is held to account for its violations of Palestinian human rights.
Join this emergency rally to hear from speakers from Gaza to outline the current situation on the ground as well as politicians and trade unionists in the UK, to find out how you can get active to stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza.