May 16, 2021 11:37 UTC
  • Strategic victory: Pro-Palestine rallies hit US, Europe, Australia

The illegal Zionist entity’s deadly bombardment of the blockaded Gaza Strip has sparked protests worldwide in support of the Palestinian nation and in condemnation of the occupying regime’s aggression.

According to reports, the regime’s aerial assaults have martyred at least 174 people, including 47 children and 29 women, in Gaza over the past week and wounded nearly 1,000 others.

On Saturday, thousands of protesters took to the streets of major cities across Europe to vent their anger at the Israeli crimes against the Palestinians. There were similar gatherings in the US, Australia and Iraq.

In London, over 100,000 demonstrators carrying placards reading "Stop Bombing Gaza" and chanting "Free Palestine" converged on Marble Arch, near the British capital's Hyde Park, to march towards the Israeli regime embassy.

The police said nine officers were injured as they tried to disperse the crowd outside the Israeli mission, adding that 13 people were arrested.

"This time is different. This time we will not be denied any more. We are united. We have had enough of oppression," Palestinian Ambassador to the UK Husam Zomlot told the protesters. "Today we are saying enough, enough with the complicity.”

In Paris, police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse a pro-Palestinian rally, which was held despite a ban by authorities.

"You want to prohibit me from showing solidarity with my people, even as my village is being bombed?" said Mohammed wearing a "Free Palestine" T-shirt.

Hundreds of people also took part in authorized protests in other French cities, including Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse and Bordeaux.

Protesters in the German capital, Berlin, shouted "Boycott Israel" and threw paving stones and bottles at the police, leading to several arrests.

Other demonstrations took place in the cities of Frankfurt, Leipzig and Hamburg.

They came a few days after the flags of the Zionist entity were burnt in front of two synagogues in the cities of Bonn and Muenster.

In Madrid, some 2,500 people, many of them young people wrapped in Palestinian flags, marched to the city center, chanting slogans such as, "This is not a war, it's genocide.”

The Association of the Spanish-Palestinian Community held the “al-Qods” rally on the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), when the illegal entity proclaimed existence and drove hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland in 1948 .

"They are massacring us," said Amira Sheikh-Ali, a 37-year-old of Palestinian origin. "We're in a situation when the Nakba is continuing in the middle of the 21st century.”

"We want to ask Spain and the European authorities not to collaborate with Israel, because with their silence, they are collaborating," said Ikhlass Abousousiane, a nurse of Moroccan origin.

Danish police violently arrested Palestinian supporters who were protesting in front of the Israeli embassy in Copenhagen and dispersed them with tear gas.

According to Anadolu news agency, the protesters were about to leave the subway station in Copenhagen for the Israeli embassy when they were attacked by police.

In Athens, around 500 people rallied, but there were minor scuffles after Greek police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd.

Shouting “Freedom to Palestine” and waving Palestinian flags, the participants marched to the Israeli embassy that had been cordoned off by police buses.

Similarly, the Australians marched in Sydney and Melbourne to condemn the Israeli attacks on Gaza.

In Sydney, protesters chanted slogans like “Free, free Palestine” and “Free, free Gaza”.

“I see an uprising,” said Sydney protester Walla Abu-Eid. “I see people who are no longer going to remain silent. People who are fed up, people who are responding to oppression and violence by standing up for themselves.”

In Iraq, several cities witnessed protests, with the participants burning Israeli and American flags.

Thousands of demonstrators shouted pro-Palestinian slogans, waved Palestinian flags and held signs saying “Death to Israel, death to America.”

The rallies were called by Iraqi religious scholar Muqtada al-Sadr and other political leaders.

More than 65 cities in the US were also the scene of protests in support of Palestine. They were held in response to a national call to action by the Palestinian Youth Movement and the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition.

An estimated 10,000 people gathered at the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, on Saturday afternoon.

Large marches were also reported in the California cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as in Philadelphia and New York City.

Biden supports Israel; Muslim groups boycott White House Eid celebration

On Saturday, US President Joe Biden spoke with Israeli regimes head Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Biden reaffirmed his “strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas” in his call with Netanyahu, according to the White House.

However, Muslim-American and Palestine solidarity groups called for a boycott of a White House event celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Sunday over Biden's pro-Israel stance.

"The recent statements made by President Biden personally, by White House spokesperson Jen Psaki, and by Department of State spokesperson, Ned Price, regarding the oppression that the Palestinian people are subjected to are outrageous and complicit," read a statement backed by prominent US Muslim organizations.

"The statements not only completely ignore the Israeli assault on al-Aqsa and the Muslims worshiping inside, the expulsion taking place in the al-Quds neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, and the ongoing siege of Gaza that has already claimed the lives of hundreds, but also have the audacity to lay the blame on the victims; the Palestinian people," it added.

"We cannot celebrate Eid with a president who justifies the killing of our brothers and sisters in Palestine.”