Harlow Palestine Solidarity Campaign set to hold vigil in town centre

Politics / Wed 8th Nov 2023 at 09:27am

HARLOW Palestine Solidarity Campaign has called a vigil this Friday 10th November 7:30pm at the Civic Centre.

A spokesperson said: “We need to come together to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

Israel’s continuing bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip is relentless. Over 9,000 Palestinians have been killed including over 3,700 children. Over 1 million people have been displaced.  

Israel has bombed schools, hospitals, ambulances and targeted journalists and UN aid workers. 

There are dangerous shortages of electricity, water, food and fuel, and Israel is refusing to allow more than minimal and insufficient aid into the besieged strip. 

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers, emboldened by the unlimited support of Western leaders, have killed over a hundred Palestinians and driven many from their homes. 

We are not alone. On Saturday 28th October 1/2 million people marched demanding a ceasefire and to end our government’s complicity in this genocide.

However, 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.

The silence includes our local politicians in Harlow who have so far failed to even call for a ceasefire. 

“This is why it is vital for us in Harlow to come together and add our voices to those speaking out. As with our previous vigil there will be an opportunity for people to speak and make contributions”.

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9 Comments for Harlow Palestine Solidarity Campaign set to hold vigil in town centre:

2023-11-08 10:15:43

Why isn't there a vigil to 'make' the Hamas release the hostages they took. This is what started the latest war and no ceasefire should take place until these innocent people have been returned. I totally agree with humanatarian pauses though to let aid into Gaza.

Guy Flegman
2023-11-08 10:30:34

Hamas nor the Israel government want a ceasefire. The rest of the world want a ceasefire. Maybe better to have a “stop the division and hate march” as it seems more extreme elements are using this conflict to further their agendas from both sides, and thus further dividing our societies. Why do we never learn from our own history.

2023-11-08 11:57:28

As Guy says, extreme elements on both sides are certainly using this conflict to further their own agendas and to divide our societies. And this includes members of our own Government who label such protests as "Hate Marches" in an attempt to divide us, so we are too busy arguing amongst ourselves and not holding them account for their own failures. Don't fall for their tricks.

David Forman
2023-11-08 13:48:49

I will be at the vigil and Saturday's march. My wife and I were instrumental in getting the last Labour council administration to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Working Definition of Antisemitism. My wife and I also were instrumental in getting Harlow Council to host Holocaust Memorial Day service at the town hall. My wife and I don't support terrorism, but we are not going to sit quiet while many thousands of civilians are killed by Israel's modern mechanised military that ignores its Geneva Convention obligations to avoid mass civilian casualties and the destruction of medical facilities. Don't try smearing people who want peace and security for civilians on both sides of the fence.

2023-11-08 13:49:54

Any comments about the hostages nope thought not, these are the same left wing rabble rousers which are there for any fringe lunatic cause. They are everything they profess to stand against.

David Forman
2023-11-08 13:52:17

See a summary of the Geneva Convention at https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/International_Services/International_Humanitarian_Law/IHL_SummaryGenevaConv.pdf

David Vincent
2023-11-08 14:05:31

Will Adam condemn Israel for detaining in custody 1002 Palestinians without trial or charge as of March 2023? Under Israel's Administrative Custody regime they are effectively hostages. "Of the total 1,017 administrative detainees (15 not Palestinian), 366 had been incarcerated for less than three months, 550 had been incarcerated for three months to a year, 98 for a period of between one and two years and three had been incarcerated for over two years." See https://www.btselem.org/topic/administrative_detention

David Vincent
2023-11-08 14:09:35

Sorry, should have said Administrative Detention regime. I used Custody instead of Detention in my earlier contribution.

David Forman
2023-11-08 14:23:04

For Adam's benefit, my wife and I absolutely condemn Hamas for targeting civilians and taking hostages. However, Israel's aerial and artillery bombing campaign is likely to kill many of the hostages. In Israel many people are angry at Netanyahu and his Government over their failure to ensure the hostages' safety. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2023-11-02/ty-article/.premium/as-anger-grows-families-of-gaza-hostages-vow-not-to-give-israeli-govt-endless-credit/0000018b-8fb5-d477-a1ff-ffb51a020000