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15th March in London since October aims to put Palestine on the ballot paper during the UK General Election

  • Hundreds of thousands expected to protest in London on Saturday 8th June
  • They demand an end to the genocide in Gaza and an end to UK arms exports to Israel
  • PSC urges supporters to examine voting records and party policies before deciding how to vote

On Saturday June 8th hundreds of thousands of people are expected to demonstrate on the 15th March for Palestine in London since Israel began its genocidal assault on Gaza in October 2023. This time the march takes place in the midst of the UK General Election, in which millions of people who support justice for the Palestinian people will be carefully weighing up the voting records and policies of candidates from all parties.

Israel’s prolonged and brutal attack on Gaza, judged by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to be a plausible case of genocide, has killed more than 36 000 people, with thousands more missing, presumed dead. Earlier this week an Israeli bombing of an UNRWA school killed at least 40 people including children.

Israel has severely restricted humanitarian supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip in violation of international law. UN agencies have warned this week that 1 million people face the highest level of starvation by mid-July.

Despite this, the British government has refused even to halt arms exports to Israel or to restore funding to UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, the only agency on the ground capable of providing aid at scale.

The demonstration on Saturday will be attended by a range of groups, including large student, trade union, medical worker, and Jewish blocs. Speakers will include Chris Smalls (President of the Amazon Labor Union, America), Michael Rosen (poet and author), Juliet Stevenson (actress), and George the Poet (writer and podcaster).

Ben Jamal, PSC Director, said :

“The massacre this week at a school in Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza, is another horrifying chapter in Israel’s genocide. The failure of political leaders in the UK to condemn it or even comment, demonstrates the extent to which the political establishment is prepared to normalise Israel’s massacres. But the extent of popular protest against this complicity is growing not diminishing. This election will see the issue of justice for the Palestinian people on the election agenda like never before. PSC will be issuing its election demands of candidates next week. Tomorrow, we expect again to be joined by hundreds of thousands bringing that call for change and an end to UK complicity in Israel’s crimes, once more to London’s streets.”