Pro-Palestinian protests across the globe

As the ongoing clashes in Israel and Palestine seem to have no end in near future, the protests are being carried out in various countries around the globe in support of Palestine. From the United States to countries in the Middle East, people are fiercely protesting for Palestine.

The United Kingdom witnessed protests as thousands of people came down on the streets. A huge mass of people gathered in London and urged the government to take “immediate action” in favour of the people of Palestine. People gathered in front of the Israeli embassy on May 15, Saturday. As the protest turned violent, nine Metropolitan Police officers were injured while trying to get hold of the situation. It is reported that nine people who are suspected of the cause of violence were arrested. Along with the banners and placards in support of Palestine, Slogans of “free, free Palestine” were raised.

According to protestors the UK government should act immediately and provide the required help to put an end to ‘brutal’ violence against the people of Palestine.

Former shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott addressed the crowds and stated the protest for Palestine as an international movement for justice. Palestinian ambassador, Husam Zumlot in the UK told people that Palestinians won’t be ‘denied anymore’. He also thanked people for standing in solidarity with the people of Palestine.

People gathered in Brighton on 11 May and raised slogans for “free Palestine”. People waved Palestine flags and chanted, “1,2,3,4 occupation no more”. Banners reading, “Save Shekih Jarrah” and “Freedom for Palestine” were spotted. Even on May 15, the protesters again carried out a rally in support of the people of Palestine.

Also, a shocking video is viral on the internet where people protesting for Palestine on the streets of London, are heard making abusive and heinous comments against the Jewish people.

Jordan and Lebanon witnessed a lot of anger and fierce protest for Palestine. Along with West Bank, the People of Jordan gathered in large numbers and held protests in Amman. The protestors shouted, “The people want the liberation of Palestine” and “Jordan salutes Arab Palestine”. The protestors carried flags of Palestine and Jordan to show their solidarity with the people of Palestine. They also raised slogans to expel Israelis and shut down the Israel embassy. The protestors requested the government to open the border with Israel so that they can ‘defend Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem to the death’.

Palestine supporters from Jordan, through the King Hussain bridge, tried to cross the West Bank.

The Israel Defence Forces tweeted about the protestors crossing Lebanon borders and entering Israeli territory. This triggered the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) to take action.

The people of Lebanon also protested for the people of Palestine. The protestors from Lebanon and Jordan have protested along the borders. It is also reported that people have tried and some of them have climbed the wall, triggering the Israel Defence Force to take action against them. As reported by Aljazeera, protestors threw rocks and Molotov cocktails over the walls during a protest in the Lebanese border village of Odayseh on May 15, Saturday, where people marched as they raised Palestinian and Lebanese flags, as well as the yellow banners of the Hezbollah group.

Despite a complete lockdown in Turkey to curb the COVID cases, People gathered in thousands outside the Israeli embassy in Ankara and Istanbul to show their support to the people of Palestine. Slogans to send Turkish soldiers to Gaza were raised. They shouted, “Down with Israel, down with America”.

President Tayyip Erdogan, on Monday also spoke to leaders of the Middle-East. His office released a statement according to which, Erdogan had a talk with King Abdullah about the inhumane attacks on Palestine which were aimed at Muslims. It added further that Turkey and Jordan need to join hands to stop such attacks. On Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s communication chief, Fahrettin Altun tweeted numerous tweets targeting Israel.

President Tayyip Erdogan tweeted, “Israel’s actions, which are against the decisions by humanity’s common organizations, fundamental human rights, the international law, and all human values, must be stopped immediately.”

South Africa’s Cape Town also witnessed certain demonstrations in favour of Palestine. Muhammed Desai, the director of Africa4Palestine stated that protests are aimed at condemning the forced removal of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in Jerusalem. He stated that Africa4Palestine stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people and also urges people of their community to come out and support them. They also requested the government to take firm steps to hold Israel accountable for ‘violations of International Law’.

United States witnessed numerous rallies on the streets of New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, Boston, etc. in support of Palestine. On May 15, Saturday, protesters in Los Angeles came on streets and shut down traffic with a tried huge rally. Banners saying “Free Palestine” were raised. Slogans like “Free, free Palestine” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” were heard. Boston was no different as people marched to the Israeli Consulate and blocked traffic. A fierce crowd was spotted in San Francisco. People were seen beating drums and yelling for “free Palestine.” Thousands of protesters emerged in Washington while protestors filled up the Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia and denounced the US government for supporting Israel. According to Al Jazeera’s report, rallies in support of the Palestinian were “unusually large”. In New York, thousands of Palestine supporters came together on May 15, Saturday. People rallied in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn yelling, “Free, free Palestine” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

Placards and banners saying, “End Israeli Apartheid” and “Freedom for Gaza” were seen. Some supporters of Israel and Palestine came face-to-face and clashed on the streets of New York on Tuesday. Police tried to keep groups separated but it was in vain.

A pro-Palestine demonstration was seen in front of the Israeli consulate in Manhattan.

According to reports, a Jewish man wearing a Star of David necklace was attacked by a pro-Palestine crowd who were mad at the pendant he wore. The man was bleeding badly and was escorted by police.

Jewish people in Canada are also attacked by the pro-Palestine crowd. Mob attacked a Jewish man who was already trying to save another Jewish trapped in the mob. The mob was beating him with sticks, pelting stones at him, throwing glasses, and chanting Allahu Akbar. A girl was also molested when she tried to save the man who was being beaten up by the mob.

Thousands of demonstrators came together in different parts of Iraq to support the people of Palestine. The followers and supporters of firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr rallied in the capital of Iraq, Baghdad to condemn Israel’s actions. Palestinian flags and banners and placards in support of Palestine were spotted.

People emerged in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka to protest for the people of Palestine. Many leaders and activists took part in the protest. Banners, placards, hand-written posters, and Palestinian flags were observed. The banners and placards read, “Boycott Israel”, “Stop mass killings in Palestine”, and so on.

Thousands gathered in Qatar’s capital, Doha to express their solidarity with the people of Palestine. People carried flags and placards to show their support to Palestinians.

Spain witnessed a huge crowd in Madrid gathered with Palestinian flags and protested against Israel. “This is not a war, it’s genocide,” they shouted. Protestors gathered outside the Israeli Embassy to protest Israel’s retaliation. They raised slogans against Israel and held banners of Israeli forces arresting the Palestinians.

In France, people converged in the Barbes neighbourhood in the north of Paris amid enormous deployment of security personnel of some 4,200 officers. Water cannons and tear gas were used by Paris police to disperse the rally which was held despite a ban by authorities. Fistful of garbage bins was set on fire; stones were pelted and rocks were hurled towards police.

Berlin and other German cities witnessed protest for Palestine as thousands marched together, raised slogans to “Boycott Israel”, hurled bottles, and pelted stones at police which lead to several arrests later.

Protestors in New Zealand urged Government to close the Israeli embassy and take action against them. Almost ten centres are protesting against Israel.

In Greece, the Palestine supporters gathered outside Israel’s embassy in Athens on May 15, Saturday. Police used water cannons and tear gas to take hold of the situation. While waving the Palestinian flags and holding banners in support of the people of Palestine, the protestors shouted slogans such as ‘Freedom to Palestine’.

Some hundred people in Rome carried out a rally near the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Slogans like “You don’t have to be a Muslim to support Palestine, you just have to be human” were heard along with Palestinian flags being waved to show the solidarity with people of Palestine. Luigi Di Maio, Italian Foreign Minister stated on Tuesday that, “Italy firmly condemns the launching of rockets from Gaza toward Israel’s territory and maintains that they aren’t justifiable in any circumstance.”

Israel’s retaliation to attacks by Gaza is condemned by the gathering of representatives of Muslim nations. On Tuesday, a meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation was held in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. According to reports, the meet denounced and condemned Israel’s “continuous violations” of the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque, restrictions on Palestinians, and “barbaric attacks” on worshippers. Also, the meeting called out for the international community to hold Israel liable for the escalation. Further, they also urged the international community to stop the attacks that threaten “the security and stability of the region”. The position for support of independent Palestinians was also reaffirmed.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran khan also followed the tradition of denouncing Israel’s retaliation and use of force against Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.


Imran Khan said Tuesday that he had asked his foreign minister to contact his Turkish and Saudi counterparts to discuss how to collectively respond. Imran also had a telephonic conversation with the Palestinian President Mr. Mahmoud Abbas on May 13. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also urged the people to take notice of Israel’s use of force against ‘innocent Palestinians’.

As many nations are condemning Israel for its retaliation, the Defence Minister of Israel said that “We don’t need moral lessons from other countries. All military options are on the table to deal with the problem in Gaza.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “We continue striking Hamas while defending our citizens. It requires more time, it will take more time, with great firmness in offence as well as defence, we will achieve our goal of bringing back calm to the state of Israel.”

On May 16, he tweeted, “I am telling to the leaders of terrorism: you cannot hide. Not above ground and not below ground. No one is immune. We are collapsing the terrorist towers. These are towers that serve as headquarters and offices for terrorist organizations. This operation will continue as long as it takes until we achieve our goals and bring peace and security to all Israeli citizens.”

Krushna Patel

Intern, Goa

DISCLAIMER: This article reflects author’s view point. Goa Chronicle may or may not subscribe to views of the author


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