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Hundreds protest against Israel’s Gaza Blockade

Date of issue: Saturday 18 January 2014
For immediate release

More than 500 hundred gathered to protest against the on-going blockade and bombing of Gaza, on the 5th anniversary of the end of Israel’s massive military assault on Gaza. The protest took place close to the Israeli Embassy, and demonstrators heard from Baroness Jenny Tonge, Andy Slaughter MP and former former prisoner and hunger striker, Mahmoud Sarsak, amongst others.

Hugh Lanning, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: “No more bombs, no more siege, no more settlements, no more. The world looks on whilst Israel blockades, punishes and steals. It is time for this to end.”

Baroness Jenny Tonge said: “We must not forget with everything else going on in the Middle Eastnthe terrible suffering that is going on in Gaza. The people there are going hungry, being poisoned and deprived of their human rights.”

Mahmoud Sarsak paid tribute to the protestors, and said: “Palestinians are steadfast because of your support.”

Andy Slaughter MP paid tribute to the work of Del Singh, who campaigned effectively for Palestinian rights, and who sadly was killed in Kabul last night. Andy said:  “There are people in the UK that care, people have a sense of justice, and overwhelming support for Palestinian human rights.”

Kamel Hawwash, Vice Chair of PSC, added:  “We will not forget the war crimes that were committed against Palestinians in Gaza. The Israeli war criminals should not sleep easy at night as they will be facing charges at the International Criminal Court.”



1. photos of the demonstration are available on flickr

2.  You can read a full report

Gaza demonstration: report