Marchers demand end to Gaza bombing

Protesters against military action in Gaza gather in central London

One of the protesters who marched against military action in Gaza

First published in National News © by

Thousands of demonstrators descended on the streets of London to protest at the bombing of Gaza, branding the Israeli offensive a "massacre"

But there are concerns that members of the Jewish community who had joined the march felt intimidated while others had stayed at home because they were too afraid to attend today's protest.

Dan Rosenberg, 43, a Jewish stay-at-home father-of-two, said he is appalled at the "horrific" images of dead bodies and bombed-out homes being beamed out of Gaza.

But he said that while many of his Jewish friends felt the same, the "hatred" and extreme attitudes which has coloured much of the discussion about the conflict had left them too afraid to join the throng of protesters.

Mr Rosenberg, from Finchley in north London, said: "It is horrific what is going on in Gaza. It is collective punishment. I don't know how any human being can stand back while this is happening.

"But it is difficult being here. We have seen the anti-Semitic attitudes and you feel very threatened and scared, but we feel we have to stand up and represent.

"Even standing here we feel quite uncomfortable. You hear people say they think the Jews run the media. Those beliefs are unpleasant, ignorant and racist.

"I have Jewish friends who wanted to come but they felt uncomfortable being here."

Thousands of demonstrators, many waving placards and the black, white, green and red flag of Palestine, converged on the BBC's Broadcasting House near Oxford Circus this afternoon.

Chants of "Free, Free, Palestine" were shouted across London's busy West End as marchers made their way to Hyde Park for a rally.

Accompanied by a samba band - a familiar feature at protest rallies - families, students and others from across Britain marched to call for an immediate halt to the killing in Gaza.

Pupils from Ed Miliband's old school, Haverstock, in Chalk Farm, north London, joined the march.

Yasmin Rackal, 17, said: "People shouldn't stand by and watch an injustice. I have little brothers and sisters and if I was in that situation I would want people globally to fight for me."

Sanum Ghafoor, 22, had travelled from Luton to take part. She said: "It is a massacre of the Palestinians, and the world is staying quiet. The British Government keeps supporting the Israeli establishment.

"We want them to impose an arms embargo and put pressure on the Americans to stop supporting the Israeli government."

Philip McCowen, 59, a driver from Bristol, said: "The massacre of children is outrageous. The bombing of hospitals is outrageous. Collective punishment is a crime against humanity."

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11:41am Sun 10 Aug 14

welshmen says...

Simple, all these marchers have to do is convince HAMAS the banned Terrorist Government of Gaza to stop firing their Iranian Aid/ bought Rocket's at Israel from houses hospitals schools and where the civilians are penned in coursing maximum death from returning fire from Israel....
Simple, all these marchers have to do is convince HAMAS the banned Terrorist Government of Gaza to stop firing their Iranian Aid/ bought Rocket's at Israel from houses hospitals schools and where the civilians are penned in coursing maximum death from returning fire from Israel.... welshmen
  • Score: -3

3:03pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Shropshirelad says...

Idiot, simple, all the terrorist State of Israel has to do is return all Palestinian land, cease building illegal settlements on that land, give the Palestinians civil and human rights, lift the blockade of Gaza and then stop their genocide and apartheid and deal with the Palestinians as human beings. Perhaps also whilst they were engaged in talks with Egypt and the Palestinians, they will stop laying down a different condition every time that they meet like now, albeit, it has never been mentioned before, they want Gaza to be a demilitarised zone and weapons free. Simple fools, they just want the Palestinians unarmed and at their mercy so that they can annihilate them at their will. There is a word to describe the likes of yourself but my manners wont allow me to use it. Show a bit of humanity for once, we are supposed to be a civilised people but with Cameron and co one would not believe that.
Idiot, simple, all the terrorist State of Israel has to do is return all Palestinian land, cease building illegal settlements on that land, give the Palestinians civil and human rights, lift the blockade of Gaza and then stop their genocide and apartheid and deal with the Palestinians as human beings. Perhaps also whilst they were engaged in talks with Egypt and the Palestinians, they will stop laying down a different condition every time that they meet like now, albeit, it has never been mentioned before, they want Gaza to be a demilitarised zone and weapons free. Simple fools, they just want the Palestinians unarmed and at their mercy so that they can annihilate them at their will. There is a word to describe the likes of yourself but my manners wont allow me to use it. Show a bit of humanity for once, we are supposed to be a civilised people but with Cameron and co one would not believe that. Shropshirelad
  • Score: 5

6:38pm Sun 10 Aug 14

welshmen says...

If you had a brain cell you could join your beloved Hamas dick head....
If you had a brain cell you could join your beloved Hamas dick head.... welshmen
  • Score: -4

7:57pm Sun 10 Aug 14

cliffwalker says...

welshmen wrote:
If you had a brain cell you could join your beloved Hamas dick head....
How does irrelevant personal abuse advance an argument?
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: If you had a brain cell you could join your beloved Hamas dick head....[/p][/quote]How does irrelevant personal abuse advance an argument? cliffwalker
  • Score: 0

8:21pm Sun 10 Aug 14

welshmen says...

cliffwalker wrote:
welshmen wrote:
If you had a brain cell you could join your beloved Hamas dick head....
How does irrelevant personal abuse advance an argument?
Ask your mate Shropshirelass: or are you blind....
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: If you had a brain cell you could join your beloved Hamas dick head....[/p][/quote]How does irrelevant personal abuse advance an argument?[/p][/quote]Ask your mate Shropshirelass: or are you blind.... welshmen
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8:24pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Huw Thomas says...

These are the same islamists who are murdering Yazidis.
These are the same islamists who are murdering Yazidis. Huw Thomas
  • Score: -2

8:37pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Huw Thomas says...

These are the same islamists that are murdering all over the world and in particular now murdering thousands of Yazidis. I am sick to death of their lies and hypocrisy. These are the same islamists who were responsible for the London bombings and 9/11. They have my utter contempt and not an ounce of sympathy.
These are the same islamists that are murdering all over the world and in particular now murdering thousands of Yazidis. I am sick to death of their lies and hypocrisy. These are the same islamists who were responsible for the London bombings and 9/11. They have my utter contempt and not an ounce of sympathy. Huw Thomas
  • Score: -2

9:17pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Shropshirelad says...

Huw Thomas and Welshmen. I wonder ?
Huw Thomas and Welshmen. I wonder ? Shropshirelad
  • Score: 3

6:17am Mon 11 Aug 14

arvs69 says...

Shropshirelad wrote:
Huw Thomas and Welshmen. I wonder ?
Shropshirelad, these are the same terrorists that present the past history of the old empire/colonialism. More recently what they did in Northern Ireland. They have no room to state who are the terrorists as it was their empire that terrorised countries and continents across the world into submission. They're just preachers of Nazi, Zionist thugs.
[quote][p][bold]Shropshirelad[/bold] wrote: Huw Thomas and Welshmen. I wonder ?[/p][/quote]Shropshirelad, these are the same terrorists that present the past history of the old empire/colonialism. More recently what they did in Northern Ireland. They have no room to state who are the terrorists as it was their empire that terrorised countries and continents across the world into submission. They're just preachers of Nazi, Zionist thugs. arvs69
  • Score: -1

8:42am Mon 11 Aug 14

Huw Thomas says...

The muslims are doing a better impersonation of the Nazi's than we are. Bring the Nazi's into a debate is logical fallacy and accusing either of us of being nazi is Ad hominem.
The muslims are doing a better impersonation of the Nazi's than we are. Bring the Nazi's into a debate is logical fallacy and accusing either of us of being nazi is Ad hominem. Huw Thomas
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Counterview says...

Huw Thomas wrote:
These are the same islamists that are murdering all over the world and in particular now murdering thousands of Yazidis. I am sick to death of their lies and hypocrisy. These are the same islamists who were responsible for the London bombings and 9/11. They have my utter contempt and not an ounce of sympathy.
London Bombings: May there be any possible link between the UK invasion of Iraq and the 7/7 London attrocities?
[quote][p][bold]Huw Thomas[/bold] wrote: These are the same islamists that are murdering all over the world and in particular now murdering thousands of Yazidis. I am sick to death of their lies and hypocrisy. These are the same islamists who were responsible for the London bombings and 9/11. They have my utter contempt and not an ounce of sympathy.[/p][/quote]London Bombings: May there be any possible link between the UK invasion of Iraq and the 7/7 London attrocities? Counterview
  • Score: 0
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