Protest for Palestine

After quite a long hiatus, here it is! Sorry for the wait 🙂

SLOUGH PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN

Friends of Al-Aqsa whiteboard Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) whiteboard signed by demonstrators at London’s 17 October “Protest for Palestine”

I asked two of our PSC branch’s most active members, who attended the protest, what they took away from it in hindsight.

Q – How many people would you say attended the march? And what was the general atmosphere?

A – [Jihan:] There were at least a thousand people on both sides of the road, Kensington High Street, and as soon as everyone arrived the atmosphere was alive and heaving with chants of passion and solidarity. A warm, welcoming, and powerful vibe of humanity arose from people of all colours, religions, and backgrounds. A truly empowering and uplfting feeling to be among so many determined to be heard and to make a change.

Q – What was, in your mind, its main objective? The main reason you went?

A – [Jihan:] The main objectives were to…

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Solidarity

The second piece I posted on behalf of Slough’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and an introduction to the national movement for my followers!

SLOUGH PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN

Mads Gilbert in Oslo Airport Screenshot of Norwegian channel TV2’s filming of Dr Mads Gilbert, and his open-armed welcome, after returning to Oslo Airport from Gaza in 2014.

Some words are bandied about more liberally than they’re understood. Dr Mads Gilbert decided, at the end of his SOAS talk – which I had the harrowing privilege of seeing – last month, to clarify the meaning of solidarity: the expression of unity over pity. Not pity, such as the kind expressed by an isolated thought or prayer or cheque, but the unity of one’s actions and beliefs with those of the oppressed.

It is the solidarity described by Dr Gilbert that connects his backbreaking work in Shifa hospital last summer with the Italian pilot who made headlines by announcing “welcome to Palestine” to his passengers, the flotilla towed away by the Israeli navy as it tried to bring humanitarian supplies to Gaza, the US state department when it refused…

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