This weekend’s march for Palestine is looking different to the last three

London march for Palestine on Westminster Bridge
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As of Wednesday 1 November, Israel had killed nearly 8,800 people in Gaza in less than a month – including over 3,600 children. While UK politicians are failing to condemn Israel’s war crimes, campaign groups and the public have been taking action themselves. There have been national marches and spontaneous protests happening week-in, week-out in support of Palestine. However, this weekend’s upcoming action looks somewhat different to its predecessors.

Sits ins and national marches for Gaza

In the UK, there have been ongoing protests against Israel’s slaughter in Gaza, and occupying forces and settler violence in the Occupied Territories. For example, on Tuesday 31 October campaign groups Jews Against Genocide and Sisters Uncut rallied commuters at Liverpool Street Station in London to perform a sit in – bringing the concourse to a standstill:

However, the focal point of UK resistance to Israel has been the national marches in London, which have taken place three Saturdays in a row. Organisers claimed the march on 28 October saw around half a million people attend:

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However, this weekend the groups are changing tactics.

On Saturday 4 November, campaign groups are asking people to focus on their local marches:

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) said on its website:

For the past three weeks we’ve marched through London in our hundreds of thousands to demand a ceasefire. We’re rising up in solidarity with Palestine, and we can’t stop now.

On Saturday 4 November, we will take action in towns and cities the length and breadth of Britain to demand a ceasefire NOW to end Israel’s assaults.

The list of local protests is already large, and PSC said it will hopefully have more to add. Locations include:

  • Bristol.
  • Carlisle.
  • Dorchester.
  • Dumfries.
  • Durham.
  • Eastbourne.
  • Exeter.
  • Hastings.
  • Hitchin.
  • Kirkwall.
  • Leamington Spa.
  • Liverpool.
  • Newcastle.
  • Northampton.
  • Nottingham.
  • Plymouth.
  • Portsmouth.
  • Sheffield.
  • Southend.
  • Tunbridge Wells.
  • Wolverhampton.
  • Worthing.
  • York.

In London, there are also local actions in numerous boroughs. Then, these will be joining together with the London rally in Trafalgar Square at 2:30pm.

On Sunday 5 November, there will be further actions in Birmingham and Chester.

Politicians are fomenting a ‘climate of intolerance’

Of course, home secretary Suella Braverman has made a point of labelling the Palestine protests as being “hate marches” against Jewish people. She also claimed that:

We’ve seen now tens of thousands of people take to the streets after the massacre of Jewish people, the single largest loss of Jewish life since the Holocaust, chanting for the erasure of Israel from the map.

This is demonstrable nonsense. PSC said in a press release that:

For Home Secretary Suella Braverman to characterise those making this call for an end to the commission of war crimes, as “hateful” is grotesque, irresponsible and further evidence of her unfitness for public office…

She has falsely asserted the chant “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” is a call for the eradication of Jewish Israelis, when it is actually a call for the dismantling of the system of apartheid that affects all Palestinians, whether in Gaza, the West Bank or Israel.

By so doing she is contributing to a climate of intolerance, a dehumanising of Palestinians, including British Palestinians, and is further threatening the right to protest in this country

Meanwhile, support from the Labour Party is slim pickings. After Israel bombed the Jabalia refugee camp, killing and injuring at least 400 civilians, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary David Lammy defended Israel’s actions. He told BBC Radio 4 Today on Wednesday 1 November:

it’s clear to me it’s wrong to bomb a refugee camp – but clearly, if there is a military objective it can be legally justifiable. It’s for Israel to explain its actions.

On X, people reacted furiously:

So, with both the Tories and Labour unquestioningly supporting Israel, it’s vital for the rest of us to stand up for the Palestine and its people. So, get yourself to a protest on 4 November, and send a clear message to politicians that you do not consent to complicity in Israel’s war crimes – and that you stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Featured image via Friends of Al Aqsa – screengrab

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      1. It’s entirely possible to deplore the actions of Hamas AND the Israeli government at the same time. Given the massive imbalance of power between the two, the far greater number of deaths being caused to innocent people by Israel and the horrendous humanitarian situation it is causing, it seems to me that putting pressure on our government to call for an end to the indiscriminate killing of innocent Palestinians is the right thing to do.

    1. Ten million of us could march every Saturday (mustn’t disrupt our working week to stop a genocide) and nothing will change. A general strike and the seizure of Parliament might have some effect, though. Basically, we are too polite, too concerned about our own lives and completely unwilling to see this as a political situation to take the actions that work,

      1. Because marches, rallies and petitions have historically been shown to be the most effective means to make political changes? Or because they make the participants feel the most positive about themselves at the lowest cost?

    2. What if we recalled all mps at the same time so fresh elections took place. We could then vote in people who would not just condem the evil zionist occupation forces that give our wonderful Jewish community a bad name and endangers them worldwide but started to support the resistance effort by boycott of all occupation goods but also the goods and country of the obese dumb tools that support unconditionally the occupation forces

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