Harlow Palestine Solidarity Campaign to hold vigil outside council offices

Politics / Thu 19th Oct 2023 at 08:55am

HARLOW Palestine Solidarity Campaign has called a vigil on Friday at 7:30pm at the Civic Centre.

A spokesperson said: “We need to come together to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and an end to the cycle of violence. 

Bring your candles, bring your Palestine flags and let’s come together to demand a future of peace and justice in Gaza and the Middle East. 

Israel’s continuing bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip is relentless. Over 3000 Palestinians have been killed in under 9 days, over a thousand of them children. That’s one child every 15 minutes of Israel’s assault. Gaza is experiencing massacre after massacre.  

Israel has cut-off basic supplies like electricity, water, food and fuel, and confirmed it is planning to launch an imminent ground invasion.

The humanitarian consequences are almost unthinkable. Palestinians are warning that it would mean another Nakba. (The Arabic word for catastrophe which Palestinians use to describe the 1948 ethnic cleansing in which around 750,000 were displaced). 

We need to create a colossal international outcry to stop the atrocities in Gaza. Last Saturday, 150,000 marched through London in solidarity with Palestine. 

While hundreds of thousands of people across Britain are demonstrating for an end to the violence, most of our politicians are silent. Even worse, our government is giving Israel a green light to commit yet more war crimes.

We also know that Harlow council has a shameful record of trying to silence Palestinian voices. 

This is why it is vital for us in Harlow to come together and add our voices to those speaking out.

We need to urge the British government to take immediate action to de-escalate, including by demanding an urgent ceasefire and the lifting of the siege on Gaza so humanitarian supplies can get in, and by stopping the export of arms and military technology to Israel.

“The war crimes happening in Gaza shame the world. But we can’t give in to despair and hopelessness. While it is human beings who commit atrocities, it is also human beings who have the power to rise up and stop them”. 


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