Seventh National March for Palestine in London on Saturday 13th January is part of a global day of action mobilising for a full ceasefire in Gaza
- As Israel faces the charge of genocide at the International Court of Justice, protests are planned in more than 60 cities, in at least 36 countries, across 6 continents
- Gaza in the grip of a full-scale humanitarian catastrophe as Israel continues its indiscriminate attacks on civilians and infrastructure
- Condemnation continues of UK political leaders who have failed to call for a ceasefire and to end British complicity with Israel’s attacks
On Saturday January 13th hundreds of thousands of people are expected to demonstrate in London on a National March for Palestine. They will be joining millions more who will be marching in more than 60 cities, in least 36 countries, across 6 continents, in a global day of action for Palestine. The Global Day of Action was called by the UK organising coalition comprising the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Friends of Al Aqsa and the Muslim Association of Britain.
People will be marching to show their opposition to Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip which has claimed the lives of more than 23 000 Palestinians, the majority of them being women and children.
Israel’s unrelenting attacks bear all the hallmarks of genocide under international law, as they demonstrate an “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group”. This week the International Court of Justice begins hearings to hold Israel to account in proceedings that have been brought by the Government of South Africa and are being endorsed by other nations.
Israel’s actions are causing outrage around the world and now for the first time a global mobilisation of Palestinian solidarity has been organised this weekend. Saturday will be the 99th day of Israel’s offensive on Gaza, and there will be demonstrations in dozens of cities in countries including the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, Australia, Brazil, Jordan, and Turkey.
The march in London will be the seventh national demonstration since October, which together with five Days of Action, constitutes one of the largest, sustained political campaigns in British history.
Ben Jamal, PSC Director, said :
“The world needs to charge Israel with the gravest of crimes – genocide – not just in the International Court of Justice, but in the court of global public opinion. In the face of the failure of Governments, including the UK, to act to uphold International law and defend fundamental human rights, people continue to take to the streets to protest, week after week. This Saturday, from Australia to South America, from Dacca to Washington, people of conscience will show the world demands a full ceasefire and an end to Israel’s impunity from international law.
London has been at the forefront of these global protests, attracting hundreds of thousands of solidarity campaigners despite Government hostility and Opposition indifference. Once again on Saturday we will show the majority of British people stand with Palestinians in this dark hour of their decades of oppression. A permanent ceasefire must be the starting point to address the underlying causes, including Israeli military occupation and a system of oppression against the Palestinian people that is considered internationally to meet the legal definition of apartheid. We will continue to march, demonstrate, and organise to demand justice for the Palestinian people.”