Thousands march in London in solidarity with Palestinians

Thousands march in London in solidarity with Palestinians

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in central London on Saturday in support of the Palestinian people and Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by the Israeli occupation forces a few days ago in the West Bank.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Thousands of protesters took to the streets in central London on Saturday in support of the Palestinian people and Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by the Israeli occupation forces a few days ago in the West Bank.

The rally was organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB), Friends of al-Aqsa (FOA), the Muslim Association of Britain, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Stop the War Coalition.

The London demonstration was held one day before Nakba Day, which on 15 May each year commemorates the massive exodus of Palestinians from their homes that happened with the Israeli occupation state's 1948 creation.

It was also staged in protest at the Israeli killing of veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, as she was covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank last Wednesday.

"Let us tell Shireen that her last report from the occupied territories and her funeral scene – as you all have seen – was the most influential and will continue to be the most visible and the most etched in our memory," PFB chairman Zaher Birawi said, addressing the rally.

"Yes, dear friends and comrades, it was the most influential report, simply because she wrote it with her precious blood that she gave for the homeland and its capital, al-Quds al-Sharif (Jerusalem),” Birawi added.

Several speakers at Saturday's rally criticized Britain's leaders over their stances on the Palestinian cause and their passivity towards Israeli crimes and violations.

Labor Party MP Zarah Sultana said the participants in the march were sending a "message to the residents of Downing Street" that "your silence is complicity, and we will not let you forget that.”

Meanwhile, protesters chanted for justice for the slain Al Jazeera correspondent and carried Palestinian flags and placards showcasing her photo.

Chants of "One, two, three, four, occupation no more" and "Free, free Palestine" were also chanted by the protesters.



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