Pro-Palestinian protesters gather at Israeli Embassy in London

21:00 17 November 2012

Police watch as pro-Palestinian demonstrators gather outside the Israeli embassy in London. Picture: Max Nash/PA Wire

Police watch as pro-Palestinian demonstrators gather outside the Israeli embassy in London. Picture: Max Nash/PA Wire

Protesters gathered near the Israeli embassy in Kensington today and criticised the Government’s stance on the conflict in Gaza.

Organisers claimed more than 3,000 people took part. Picture: Max Nash/PA WireOrganisers claimed more than 3,000 people took part. Picture: Max Nash/PA Wire

With placards, flags and chants, the activists branded Israel a “terror state” and showed their solidarity with the people of the Palestinian enclave.

Speakers took to a podium to condemn the Government after Foreign Secretary William Hague said the Hamas regime in Gaza bore “principal responsibility” for the escalation of violence.

Organisers claimed that more than 3,000 people had joined the rally.

Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said protesters wanted to show they were “vehemently opposed” to the Foreign Office’s position.

She said: “We are insisting that the British Government uphold international law and human rights and tells Israel to end its war now.

“It’s very clear what is happening here - Gaza is under siege, Israel started this by assassinating the person who was trying to negotiate a long-term truce with Israel.

“It’s very clear who started this and who is suffering - 39 Palestinians have been killed so far and over 390 have been wounded.

“This war has to stop.”

The crowds waved Palestinian flags, pounded drums and sang “Gaza we will never let you die” and “From London to Ramallah organise the intifada”.

Throughout the afternoon more and more people joined the demonstration and lined both sides of Kensington High Street in front of the road leading to the embassy.

Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Authority’s envoy to the UK, said: “At the popular level we have always been accustomed to see people supporting the Palestinian plight (in Britain).

“But we are very frustrated with the UK Government on its stand in supporting Israel in defending itself.

“How could an occupying force defend itself when they are occupying a land and putting 1.8 million Palestinians in a small strip under siege and blockade for five years?

“They have been living in an open air prison and the international community is watching the Israelis killing the Palestinians and inflicting so much damage on them and their properties without outright condemnation by these governments that claim to be democratic.”

The Metropolitan Police said a man had been arrested at the protest on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offenc

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London politics news

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Should Ken hoist his rucksack on his shoulders and walk on out? (Picture: PA Images)

Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London, has been suspended from the Labour party after he made comments about Hitler, Zionism and ‘the Israel lobby’ on the radio this morning.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
The Evening Standard publishs around 900,000 copies a day in the capital  (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Evening Standard’s London mayoral coverage is “consistently and overwhelmingly” biased in favour of Zac Goldsmith, giving him both more and more positive coverage than his Labour rival Sadiq Khan, according to a study by Goldsmiths University academics.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner from the Movement for Reform Judaism has said she doesn't think MP Naz Shah is anti-Semtiic

Rabbi Laura Janner Klausner welcomed Naz Shah into her home last week for an interfaith feast for Passover - and this morning said that she would like to take the suspended Labour MP to Israel.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Lee Harris is the CISTA candidate for the London Mayoral Election 2016. He advocates legalising cannabis and setting up marijuana cafes in the capital (Picture: London24)

“One love!” is the catchprase of the hippy, ‘head shop’ owning, 79-year-old CISTA candidate for London Mayor. London24 talks legalisation, munchies and more with counterculture legend Lee Harris.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Big Ben will stop ticking for months (Picture: Getty)

One of London’s best loved landmarks, Big Ben, is about to fall silent after hundreds of years bringing in the hour at Westminster.

Monday, April 25, 2016
Prince Zylinski relaxes with a green veg smoothie. Picture: Duncan Raban

Prince John Zylinski may be an outsider in the London Mayoral race but he thinks he’s got what it takes. If he gets elected, he promises to build a million houses and make cyclists get number plates - and ban Nigel Farage from London.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport