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Gloucester demo against bloodshed in Gaza

By The Citizen  |  Posted: August 02, 2014

By Hayley Mortimer

Gloucester demo against bloodshed in Gaza
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PROTESTERS took to the streets of Gloucester today to show their solidarity with those suffering in Gaza.

Holding banners and Palestinian flags, the protesters called for both sides to respect International Humanitarian Law.

Shoppers stopped to talk to the demonstrators and listened to speeches from organisers, Gloucester MP Richard Graham and Labour’s parliamentary candidate Sophy Gardner.

A one minute silence was also held.

Sophy, a former RAF wing commander, said: “We are here to condemn the catastrophic loss of life in Gaza.

“I have spent 19 years in the military and know that bombs, rockets and missiles never lead to peace.

“The international community has to take the lead.”

The protest is one of many rallies that have been recently held across the world.

Around 80 people took to Stroud High Street today.

The vigil was called by Stroud Peace Movement and was supported by many other organisations including Amnesty mid-Glos and included people of all ages and religions.

A collection was made for Medical Aid for Palestinians.

Ebrahim Musaji, who organised a march through Gloucester last month, said people are becoming more aware of the situation in Gaza.

“Last month I joined other Muslims on a march through the city to raise awareness of the massacre in Gaza,” he said.

“Now people from all religions have come out to show their solidarity.

“Although religion and politics is deeply rooted in this situation, it is a humanitarian issue where people are dying.

“The world cares, people in Gloucester care and the people at the top will have to listen soon.”

Around 1,650 Palestinians have been killed and more than 8,000 injured since the conflict started on July 8, according to the Gazan health ministry.

The United Nations estimates that four-fifths of the dead were civilians.

Palestinian officials say more than 300 were children.

On the Israeli side, 63 soldiers and three civilians have died.

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16 comments

  • jas37  |  August 03 2014, 8:43PM

    I take it your comment was supposed to be irony LordGagas . You are surely aware that the Israeli's did turn on us. They blew up the British HQ in 1948 and forced our Army out. We were supposed to be protecting the Palestinians against the Israeli invaders but we fled. The Israelis have continued to kill Palestinians and steal their land ever since. You did study this part of History didn't you? You wouldn't be foolish enough to make comments without having a basic understanding of the facts would you?

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  • LordGagas  |  August 03 2014, 7:58PM

    A good job hamas don't have such weapons, or after they have wiped out Israel they would turn on us.

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  • jas37  |  August 03 2014, 7:14PM

    LordGagas, Exactly. But how do you kick the Terrorists out if they have hundreds of tanks and planes and don't think twice about murdering 300 children?

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  • LordGagas  |  August 03 2014, 4:35PM

    I would kick the terrorist out.

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  • jas37  |  August 03 2014, 10:47AM

    Beegeeuk and Lordgagas How are the Palestinians to blame for the fact that the Israeli's persist in stealing their homes and land? How does resisting make the Palestinians terrorists? Wouldn't you feel like firing rockets at someone if they did this to you , or would you say "oh carry on stealing our property and making us homeless please"? What would you do?

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  • Beegeeuk  |  August 03 2014, 9:58AM

    Well said, LordGagas! While the tragic loss of life for the Palestinians is regrettable they have only themselves to blame for allowing the terrorist group, Hamas, to operate freely from Gaza! You can't blame Israel for defending it's citizens from terrorists and just because they have better weapons doesn't make Israel the bad guys!!!

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  • LordGagas  |  August 03 2014, 8:32AM

    If my country was being attacked by rocket fire I would expect my government would do something about it.

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  • TruthSeeker7  |  August 02 2014, 9:22PM

    don't know and don't particularly care why people seem to have an issue with one persons comments on here...but is it right to use this subject as an opportunity to give someone who's comments on this link hardly warrant it, a bashing? can everyone please keep focused on the really important issues and save the disharmony with one another for something trivial? P.S. reposted with corrections... :P

  • TruthSeeker7  |  August 02 2014, 9:20PM

    don't know and don't particularly care why people seem to have an issue with one persons comments on here...but is it right to use this subject as an opportunity to give someone who's comments on this link hardly warrant it? can everyone please keep focused on the really important issues and save the disharmony with one another for something trivial?

  • uk_socrates  |  August 02 2014, 6:28PM

    -29...Pathetic. Whoever is manipulating the voting system please stop. Alternatively argue your case.

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