Going on and participating in the massive protest this Saturday just gone and in regard to the onslaught on Gaza was good for me, and indeed I was glad to have shown if only some solidarity with those so far away and suffering what can only be to me and for many others, a real but still unimaginable, difficult and near impossible to comprehend properly, the pain and horror inflicted upon them and from and at the hands of the Israeli army known as the Israel Defence Forces or IDF.
Extremely outraged by the wanton and unjustifiable bombardment and killings of innocent civilians, including children, in the Palestinian territory of Gaza by Israeli military forces, meant that thousands of us gathered on a hot and very humid July afternoon and marched to the London Embassy of Israel in posh Kensington, to demand "justice and freedom" for Palestine and an end to Israeli military action in Gaza.
People want justice and freedom for the Palestinians, and they were voicing this in their thousands, Still ringing in my ears is the chant “from the river to the sea Gaza will be free”. We arrived at the Israeli embassy but were met by a police blockade sealing off the place and preventing anyone of us from getting anywhere near to the building.
A number of high-profile Palestine supporters addressed the crowd near to the embassy. This morning one of the organisers John Rees wrote on facbook the following:
“Some say the Palestine demo was 50,000 and others say 100,000. I was stewarding at the front and didn't get the chance to look back over it all from either Trafalgar Square or down Piccadilly. But one policeman told me that it was still in Piccadilly when we arrived at the Israeli embassy in High Street Kensington. Anyway here is a great picture and it certainly is a mass demonstration on the scale of earlier Palestine mobilisations. Congratulations to all those that built it, organised on the day and attended.”
The trapped, is the best way of describing the blockade of 1.8 million people in the Gaza strip, now over the last two weeks in a densely populated area they have been bombarded with the death toll of 75% civilians, over 40 children. Extended families eating Ramadan meals after sunset have suffered unimaginable atrocities and many people are now homeless having had their properties blown up. In one strike, 17 members of a family died together, even a care home for severely disabled people was hit.
The demo on Saturday is part of a world wide and I do hope will become an ever growing echo of widespread condemnation of these senseless attacks on defenceless Palestinians and a call on the government of Israel to immediately cease with this blatant act of criminality. We still have much to do but in Britain we have made a start, for make no mistake the government of this country are complicit with these crimes.