Sunday, November 25, 2012
Rochdale campaigners call for freedom for Palestine
On Sunday night (25 November 2012) around forty people gathered opposite Rochdale town hall to remember the victims of Israel’s latest bombing and bombardment of Gaza and to call for justice and freedom for Palestine. They heard speeches from Linda Clair, chair of Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Rochdale MP, Simon Danczuk.
During the candlelit vigil, members of the crowd read out the names of more than 30 Palestinian children known to have been killed during Israel’s most recent attacks and kept a minute’s silence in their memory.
Philip Gilligan from Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group reported that he and other local campaigners had also joined thousands of protesters from across the country outside the Israeli embassy in London on the previous day (Saturday 24 November 2012). They had marched from Downing Street and heard speakers like the mayor of Jenin, Hadem Rida, and Jeremy Corbyn, MP who had called for an end to arms sales to Israel, a boycott of all Israeli goods and the return of illegally occupied land.
Rochdale Palestine Solidarity Campaign Coordinator, Jenny Turner said:“It is time for the international community to put an end to Israel’s war crimes. Too many people and too many children have died in Netanyahu’s ruthless attacks. It is time for ordinary people in Rochdale and throughout the world to demand an end to the oppression of the Palestinian people. Enough is enough; there will be no peace until Palestinians have justice. We shall continue to demand an end to the occupation, an end to the siege of Gaza, an end to house demolitions, an end to illegal seizures of Palestinian land. We demand an end to arms sales to Israel and immediate international inspection and control of Israel’s huge arsenal of nuclear weapons.”
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