Europe Protests Demand Permanent Gaza Ceasefire

Pro-Palestine activists rally in London. (Photo: via @Hassan Twitter Page)

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets in cities across Europe against Israel’s onslaught on the Gaza Strip, demanding a permanent ceasefire.

These protests took place as a temporary four-day ceasefire came into effect on Friday, in the besieged enclave.

On Saturday, thousands marched from Hyde Park to Parliament Square in London, chanting “Free Palestine” and “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free.”

Protestors called on the UK government to end its support of the Israeli state as well as an immediate ceasefire and extension of the time period for humanitarian aid into the territory.

In the German city of Aachen, protestors also took to the streets “criticizing Western countries for their support of Israel,” reports the Anadolu News Agency.

Thousands also participated in a march organized by the United Palestinian National Committee in the German capital of Berlin. They chanted “Germany is financing, Israel is bombing’ and “Stop the Genocide”, the report added.

Meanwhile, demonstrators in Geneva marched toward the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights headquarters in Switzerland. Protestors called for the “prevention of the genocide in Gaza” and an “immediate ceasefire”.

In Austria, protesters gathered in Mariahilfer, one of the important streets of the capital, Vienna, with banners that read: “No to the occupation,” “Killer Netanyahu” and “Let the genocide end in Gaza,” the report continues.

Some demonstrators wore shrouds, while others carried stuffed shrouds and children’s coffins, in order to draw attention to the more than 6,000 Palestinian children killed in Israeli attacks.

Demonstrators also took to the streets of Milan, Italy’s second biggest city, for a straight seventh week. Messages of support were given to the Palestinian people, along with protestors chanting “Freedom for Palestine” and “Freedom for Gaza,” the report adds.

While the ceasefire took effect in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army continues to raid towns across the occupied West Bank. Since October 7, up to 3,200 Palestinians have been arrested in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club, as reported by the Middle East Monitor.

Until a humanitarian truce entered into force on Friday, November 24, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that over 14,854 Palestinians, including nearly 6,150 children, with another 36,000 wounded. 7,000 Palestinians are missing, including more than 4,700 women and children.


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  1. Peace is a human right,2 wrongs dont make a right,israels response is disproportionate_palestine is not responsible for what hitler did to jews and other minority groups in the past,6000 palestinian children dead is simply wrong,thank god and both sides for the ceasefire,i pray it continues,you have humanity in common be fair,set aside old prejudices,forgive and make a lasting peace and go forward together,with love Pauline Bernadette Irish mother

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