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Sixth National March for Palestine expected to bring hundreds of thousands to London in demand for a full ceasefire in Gaza

  • Gaza in the grip of a full-scale humanitarian catastrophe as Israel keeps up its indiscriminate attacks on civilians and infrastructure
  • Condemnation continues of UK political leaders who have failed to call for a ceasefire and end British complicity with Israel’s attacks
  • Speakers at rally to include MPs, trade union leaders and a wide range of civil society organisations


For the ninth Saturday in a row since Israel launched its bombardment of Gaza, hundreds of thousands of British people are expected to show their opposition to the indiscriminate attacks on civilians which have claimed the lives of at least 17 000 Palestinians, including more than 7000 children. Thousands more are missing presumed dead under the rubble of their own homes.

This has been one of the largest, sustained political campaigns in British history. On Saturday November 25th more than 300 000 people marched in London. On Saturday December 2nd there were more than 100 events across the UK in a third Day of Action.

This Saturday sees the sixth national march in London. The determination to keep protesting for an end to the suffering in Gaza is remarkable and the pressure on British politicians who have sided with Israel will not go away.

Ben Jamal, PSC Director, said :

“We are witnessing unrelenting horror in Gaza. Palestinians have been bombed, displaced, deprived of food, water, fuel, electricity and health services for 62 days and counting. The amount of destruction has been compared to that of German cities in World War Two, except it’s happened in a far shorter time. The scale of this catastrophe is so great that in a rare move, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter, urging the UN Security Council to act.

A permanent ceasefire must be the starting point to address the underlying causes of the situation, including decades of Israeli military occupation and a system of oppression against the Palestinian people that is considered internationally to meet the legal definition of apartheid. The British government must end its complicity in Israel’s crimes, starting by joining the call for the killing of civilians to stop completely.

We will continue to march, demonstrate, and organise to demand an immediate and permanent ceasefire and justice for the Palestinian people.”