On Sunday July 20th, upwards of 800 people took to the streets in Brighton, in a magnificent show of support, solidarity and sympathy for the people of Gaza, who are currently enduring unimaginable terror and suffering. This was without doubt one of the largest demos for Palestine ever in Brighton. We stood up for Palestine at a time when the world’s power elites and news media seem to be looking the other way. Thanks to everyone who joined us and helped to make it such a success.
One member of the local Palestinian community read out excerpts from the “ACT NOW!” statement issued by Palestinian civil society, calling on the international community to build pressure on israel through Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), including a complete arms embargo of israel.
Meanwhile, hundreds of supporters and passers-by signed our “Stop Arming Israel!” petition calling for a complete military embargo of israel, in response to the call from Palestinian civil society. There is an online petition you can sign as well.
|On the return to the Old Steine we held another solemn die-in at the Clock Tower, with a minute’s silence, as a mark of respect to the steadily rising number of innocent victims of israeli brutality.|
Thanks again to everyone for supporting this demo, which will undoubtedly be seen by Palestinians in Gaza on social media sites. We hope it will remind them that they are not forgotten, and that we are all working hard – not just to end the current carnage, but to end the 7-year siege of Gaza and to bring justice and self-determination to the Palestinian people. Please check our website, Facebook and Twitter for updates on further planned events, and please circulate and re-tweet this report widely.