15,000 protestors converge on London from all over the UK in support of Palestine
The 2023 Al-Quds Day March and Rally took place on Sunday 16 April 2023. Record numbers attended the annual event. Protestors congregated at the Home Office before marching to Downing Street, where a rally was held, and was addressed by speakers from different faith, non-faith and political backgrounds.
Speakers took the podium to denounce the Israeli apartheid system and the ongoing oppression of the Palestinians.
A group of some 20 Zionists held a small counter-rally. One Zionist counter-protestor was arrested.
Chair of Islamic Human Rights Commission (which is one of the organisers of the event), Massoud Shadjareh said:
“Unlike 40 years ago, when Al-Quds Day began, today it is quite clear that we can and will see the end of the Israeli regime and its brutality. The only question is when.”
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Notes to editors:
 The speakers at the rally included:
- Huda Ammouri, co-founder of Palestine Action
- Rev Dr Stephen Sizer, a retired priest in the Church of England and chair of both the Peacemaker Trust, and of the Convivencia Alliance, a multifaith coalition of Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups
- Ahammed Hussain, an activist with the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC)
- Delia Mattis, a leading Black Lives Matter activist
- Ali Erkaslan, an organiser with the Revolutionary Communist Group
- Massoud Shadjerah, a founding member of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), the Convivencia Alliance and an organiser of the UK International Quds Day
- Les Levidow, a member and organiser of Jewish Network for Palestine and The Convivencia Alliance
- Lowkey, the renowned performer, broadcaster and activist
- Luwezi Kinshasa, the Coordinator of International Campaign for Hands Off Uhuru! Hands Off Africa!
- Chris Williamson, a former MP, who was suspended from the Labour Party for supporting Palestine
- Jon Maxted, a housing campaigner, trade unionist and Workers Party representative from Brighton
- Rabbi Ahron Cohen, a Rabbi, who is part of Neturei Karta, a religious group of Haredi Jews who oppose Zionism
- Mick Napier, from the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Committee
- Farrah Koutteineh, a Palestinian originally from and raised in Al-Quds, from one of the last Palestinian families in the old city of Jerusalem. She is also the founder of KEY48
- Sulaiman Ghani, and Imam and activist from South London
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