News ID: 8279
Publish Date: 14 May 2012 - 15:50
British people in London staged a rally to protest at the Zionist regime's crimes and occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Palestinians demonstrated outside Downing Street to demand freedom for Palestine, ahead of Nakba Day, which marks the 64th anniversary of the eviction of Palestinians from their homes by Israelis.

London's protest on Sunday was organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al-Aqsa, the British Muslim Initiative, Stop the War Coalition and the Palestinian Forum for Britain.

Carrying placards with slogans including "free Palestine," "end ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem," "stop Judaization of Jerusalem," and "end the siege on Gaza," protesters chanted "from the river to the sea Palestine will be free."

Palestinians refer to May 15, 1948 as the Nakba Day or catastrophe, referring to the displacement of some 700,000 Palestinians by Israeli forces, leading to their exile in neighboring countries.

Addressing the demonstration, the Ambassador for Palestine in the UK Manuel Hassassian said, "This endless occupation of a people who have been yearning for self determination and independence has been met with military action, incursion and imprisonment."

"Today we are gathered here to tell Israel that five million Palestinians who are living in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem and in what they call Israel and the six million Palestinians who are living in the diaspora are yearning to go back. The right of return is a sacred right for the Palestinians and the Nakba will never stop until we go back," Hassassian added.

The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip and kills the Palestinian people every day. Israel also has laid an economic siege on the Gaza Strip since June 2007, after Hamas took control of the enclave. The blockade has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.

Some 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including freedom of movement, and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education. Poverty and unemployment rates stand at approximately 80 percent and 60 percent, respectively, in the Gaza Strip.

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