Days of Palestine – London
The annual al-Quds demonstration in London in support of Palestinians returns this year after a two-year stoppage due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thousands of people are once again expected to gather in the capital to voice their support for the Palestinian cause and repeat their call for an end to the Zionist apartheid regime’s atrocities and occupation of Palestine.
Recent years have seen an escalation of brutality against Palestinians in their homeland as Arab regimes have sought to normalize relations with Israel, giving the Zionist regime a green light to increase its oppression. The theft of land and demolition of homes for illegal settlers continues apace, the siege of Gaza by both Israel and Egypt continues to confine over two million people to an open-air prison, and the Israeli army continues to terrorize Palestinian civilians, assassinating and arresting those who resist.
However, mainstream narratives relating to Israel are shifting. In particular, the term apartheid is now widely being employed to describe Israel’s colonial dispossession and domination of the Palestinians by human rights groups and the United Nations. Amnesty International recently released a report echoing findings already accepted by prominent international human rights NGOs; Human Rights Watch and War On Want, as well as similar Israeli NGOs; B’Tselem and Yesh Din, that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians amounts to Apartheid.
This year’s demonstration, which traditionally takes place on the last Friday of each month, is being supported by the Muslim media network 5Pillars, In Minds, Ahlul Bayt Islamic Mission (AIM), In Minds, Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK), Neturei Karta, Jewish Network for Palestine (JNP), Ahlul Bayt Society Sisters, Scotland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (Scottish PSC) and the Union of Islamic Students Associations in Europe among others.
The demonstration is scheduled for Sunday 24th April. Participants will assemble outside the Home Office (2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF) at 3 pm, before marching to Downing Street, where they will hear speeches by prominent anti-apartheid guest speakers.