Dozens of demonstrators gathered Saturday 23 April 2022 outside the Israeli Occupation Embassy in London to tell Israel ‘get your #HandsOffAlAqsa’.
The demonstration has been organized by Friends of Al- Aqsa (FOA) in response to the continued brutal violence by the Israeli occupation of worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem’s holiest site for Muslims and the third holiest site in Islam.
It came after a morning of violence against Christians by Israeli Occupation Forces, including the restriction of access to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, the holiest site for Christians.
The demonstration was a creative one, with protesters drawing around their hands and painting handprints with messages of support for #HandsOffAlAqsa. They called for sanctions on Israel with immediate effect.
“Israel’s continued violence against unarmed Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa, including the dropping of tear gas on worshippers after Friday prayers, is deplorable,” said Ismail Patel, Chair of FOA.
“For six consecutive days, worshippers have been violently attacked in this most sacred of spaces. What we are seeing is not just an attack on Palestinians but an attack on Muslims and individuals of faith across the world,” Patel added.
Shamiul Joarder, Head of Public Affairs at FOA commented “Israel must face sanctions for these crimes, which are the daily reality of illegal occupation and apartheid in Palestine.”
“As individuals, we can all play a part in holding Israel to account: support demonstrations for Palestine wherever you are, and contact your MP or arrange to meet with them and ask them to support sanctions on Israel with immediate effect,” Joarder added.