UK Protests in Solidarity with Al-Aqsa
By Staff, Agencies
Demonstrations were held across the UK in solidarity with Palestinian worshippers who are continuously attacked by “Israeli” soldiers inside the Al-Aqsa Holy Mosque.
Organized by the Palestinian Forum in Britain and other groups, people gathered outside Downing Street in London and the city center of Manchester to express their outrage toward the violence committed against Palestinians in Jerusalem.
“We stand here today knowing full well that the occupiers are transgressing against the rights of the Palestinians. What is happening in Palestine today, what is happening in Jerusalem today, is the continuation of illegal occupation. It is the continuation of the illegal theft of land that began in 1948,” the organizers of the march read out a statement.
They further added: “We stand here together in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Palestine who are facing a grave injustice at the hands of their occupiers. They are defenseless in the face of bullets, tear gas and grenades yet they hold onto their faith and conviction that they are fighting against tyranny and injustice and standing up for their people and others across the world.”
The protesters called on the government to take action against the “Israeli” government and to condemn the violence against the innocent and defenseless worshippers which included women and children.
The government was also called upon to impose an arms embargo on the “Israeli” army to prevent further casualties against Palestinians civilians.
“Aqsa! Aqsa! Don’t you cry! We will never let you die!” the protesters chanted outside the prime minister’s residence, waving Palestinian flags and holding placards. People turned out in thousands and while observing social distancing rules and wearing masks they portrayed an image of Palestinian unity and solidarity.
“We will demonstrate everyday here outside Downing Street until we see real changes being made,” said one protester who was draped in a Palestinian scarf.
Another attendee said that what is happening in Al-Aqsa is a “human issue and a test of our morality”, adding that the coming days will expose nations in how they will respond to the oppression taking place in Palestine.