Human Rights, United Kingdom

Vigil for Gaza

This will be held on December 27th outside the Israel Embassy to mark the second anniversary of the start of Israel’s brutal Operation Cast lead.

 The horrific and illegal siege on the Gaza strip killed over 1400 Palestinians and destroyed many educational, health and public institutions that form part of the UN’s reconstruction plan. This event will commemorate the attack that lasted from the 27th of December 2008 until the 18th of January 2009.

Two years later and Gaza are still far from recovering from the destruction caused by Operation Cast lead. Infrastructure has still not been repaired, families are still living in tents and UN schools are unable to rebuild due to Israel’s blockade on imports and exports coming in and out of Gaza.

The Prisma recently reported on the devastating effects of a blockade that continues

to deprive “Palestinians in Gaza of access to clean water, electricity, jobs and a peaceful future” according to Jeremy Hobbs, Director of Oxfam International. Despite Israeli promises six months ago to ease the blockade, the report “Dashed Hopes: Continuation of the Gaza Blockade” produced this month by a coalition of aid groups found Israel’s efforts to be utterly insufficient.

The vigil will also provide a forum for supporters to renew their pleas to the International community to take action on Israel’s ongoing and illegal occupation of Palestine.

The vigil will take place between 1 pm and 3 pm on the 27th of December; the nearest tube station to the Israeli embassy is High Street Kensington.

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