PRESS RELEASE: UK – Successful Al-Quds Day rally shows unity for Palestine

(c) Nasreen Shaikh Jamal al -Lail

3000 people attended the annual Al Quds demonstration this year making the event a huge success. Demonstrators gathered to ask for freedom and justice for the Palestinians.

Coaches brought people in from across the UK to march through Oxford circus making their way to the American embassy. The crowd’s slogans of freedom for Palestine could be heard by shoppers on Oxford Street.

The event saw speakers from a broad and diverse background come together and address the crowds that had come from across the UK. Speakers included the Palestinian footballer who was imprisoned by the Israelis and then went on hunger strike, Mahmoud Sarsak, John Rees of the Stop the War Coalition and a video message from Sheikh Kadar Adnan in Palestine. The Justice for Palestine Committee was able to conduct a peaceful demonstration like previous years.

Speakers thanked the crowd, and expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian cause. The crowd received messages from the families of Palestinian prisoners of Jordanian citizenship. IHRC reaffirmed its commitment to the boycott Israeli goods campaign and the organisations opposition to security firm G4S that helps maintain Israeli prisons that detain and torture Palestinians,.

IHRC spokesperson, Massoud Shadjareh said, “People have come together to stand united for Palestinians and have demanded freedom from occupation. We will not stop Al Quds Day as long as the Palestinians are not free, as long as Palestine is not free, as long there are oppressed people in the world.”

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