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Sunday, December 11, 2011

UK protesters to picket Israeli embassy

Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:25PM GMT
British anti-war and pro-Palestinian campaigners will hold a rally outside the Israeli regime's embassy in London to mark the third anniversary of Tel Aviv's massacre of Palestinian civilians in “Operation Cast Lead.”

The Israeli army launched a 22-day offensive on the Gaza Strip on December 27, 2008, killing at least 1,166 Palestinian civilians.

The massacre was condemned by the United Nation's Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, chaired by the Jewish South African Justice Richard Goldstone, which found Tel Aviv guilty of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity for the use of white phosphorous bombs against Palestinian civilians, among others.

Goldstone later revised his conclusion that the Israeli regime's army intentionally targeted Palestinian civilians during the three-week invasion.

The Goldstone's u-turn was condemned by independent analysts and human rights groups that described the move as a proof for an organized international conspiracy by Zionist lobbies and the western governments, led by the US, to silence any call for justice against Tel Aviv's crimes.

Against such a backdrop, seven leading British campaign groups said they will hold a rally named “End the Siege on Gaza” on Tuesday, December 27, under the motto “We will not forget - Justice for Palestine - End Israeli war crimes.”

“Join us to commemorate three years since Israeli attack on the Palestinian people in Gaza in December 2008 / January 2009 and to protest against the continuing violence and siege against Palestinians living in Gaza,” the campaigners said in a joint statement.

The rally has been called by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, British Muslim Initiative, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Friends of Al Aqsa, Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Palestinian Forum in Britain.


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