Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Israel reopens Gaza crossings after Hamas escalation

Israel reopens Gaza crossings after Hamas escalation

Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Friends of Al Aqsa, and the Muslim Association of Britain organised the march. "From the river, to the sea, Palestine will be free", she said.

Organisers explained that they are protesting against "unprecedented attacks to the collective rights of the Palestinian people" by the Israeli state.

Qatar began distributing millions of dollars in aid in the Gaza Strip on Monday in a fresh bid to restore calm after a flareup with Israel, a Qatari official said.

More than 200 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier have been killed during the yearlong marches.

Things are looking bleak for Palestinians as all of this is occurring with total impunity, a Zionist lobby practically dictating U.S. foreign policy and the absence of any meaningful protest from the worldwide community, including, sadly, our own government here in Ireland.

After a spate of violence killed 25 Palestinians, including 15 civilians, as well as four Israeli civilians earlier this month, Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations diplomat, said he hopes all parties see that "the risk of war remains imminent". The UK government should instead unequivocally condemn the killing of demonstrators - including children, paramedics and journalists - and other civilians, and freeze arms sales to Israel.

Peace can not be achieved while the illegal occupation and settlement of Palestinian land continues, along with the multiple human rights abuses faced by Palestinians on a daily basis and actions of the Israeli government in flagrant disregard of worldwide law.

Palestinian demonstrators burn tires near the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, during protests over the inauguration of the USA embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018.

The soon-to-be-released peace plan "will be realistic and implementable", said Greenblatt, describing it as "the right package of compromises for both sides". He added that a Labour government would recognise a Palestinian state and return to "meaningful negotiations".

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