26 July 2014
Members of Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party along with Green MEP Jean Lambert joined over 45,000 people in central London on Saturday July 26th for a Stop The War march protesting the Israeli attack on Gaza and calling for a free Palestine. Jean Lambert was also one of the high-profile speakers at the rally. Saturday’s march occurred in the context of a 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that began at 8 a.m. local time. This was the second consecutive Saturday that local Green Party members had attended a demonstration for Gaza.
As people the world over from Berlin to Buenos Aires came together to protest against the Israeli attacks on Gaza, the London march was one of the biggest demonstrations seen here recently, with the Metropolitan Police estimating that at least 45,000 protesters marched from the Israeli Embassy to Parliament. However, it received little coverage on the BBC, reflecting a lack of impartiality in news coverage.
The last 2 weeks have seen an escalation of violence by Israel on Gaza including air strikes and a ground offensive which has resulted in the deaths of over a thousand civilians, including nearly 200 children. Whilst the Greens would condemn the rockets launched by Hamas at Israel, these have to be seen in context of the violence perpetuated against Palestine by Israel and their continued occupation of Palestinian land.
Unfortunately news coverage on the issue is pro-Israel, as are the other three main political parties with their continued support of Israeli aggression regardless of lives lost. The Green Party believes in genuine peace in the region and that must include justice for Palestine and a genuinely free Palestine that is allowed to flourish as a country without being occupied or blockaded.
“We condemn the violence committed by Israel and their disregard for the lives of Palestinians who are suffering with hundreds killed and more injured” said Mark Dawes of Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party. “The circle of violence will not be broken by more aggression and what is needed is for the violence to stop and genuine peace talks that must included justice and freedom for Palestine,” he added.