Fourth protest showing support for people in Palestine will march from Guildhall on Saturday across Portsmouth

A FOURTH protest will take place in Portsmouth on Saturday to show support for besieged people in Palestine.

By Steve Deeks
Friday, 11th June 2021, 11:25 am
Updated Friday, 11th June 2021, 11:27 am

Portsmouth and South Downs Palestine Solidarity Campaign will be marching from Guildhall Square at midday to a rally in Castle Field about an hour later.

In May 2021 Israel launched another aerial bombardment of Gaza, targeting the majority refugee population in the enclave. The 11 days of relentless bombardment killed at least 248 Palestinians and injured thousands.

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Palestine protest at Portsmouth Guildhall on 21 May 2021 Pictured: Jasmin Scaletta 12 Picture: Habibur Rahman

Mark Sage, spokesman for the group, said: ‘While the bombs may have temporarily stopped falling, Israel’s regime of systematic discrimination against the Palestinian people, amounting to the crime of apartheid under international law, continues.

‘Palestinians in Gaza still live under a suffocating blockade; Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem still live under occupation; Palestinian citizens of Israel still face a plethora of discriminatory laws and policies; while the largest group of Palestinians – those in exile – are still unable to return to the homes from which they, or their family, were forcibly expelled.

‘Palestinians, wherever they are located, remain unable to exercise their basic right to self-determination.

‘Israeli apartheid can only be sustained because of the complicity of a range of governments, including those of the G7. The G7 includes the biggest suppliers of arms and military technology to the Israeli state, which are vital to enforce Israel’s regime of oppression.’

Palestine protest at Portsmouth Guildhall on 21 May 2021 Pictured: Mos Hannan Picture: Habibur Rahman

During this year’s G7 summit in Cornwall, international justice campaigners will come together to organise a ‘world based on justice and human rights’.

The spokesman added: ‘We’re joining them by taking to the streets to demand no more complicity with Israeli apartheid.

‘All governments have an obligation to end their complicity and help dismantle apartheid. Instead of aiding and abetting Israel’s racist rule over the Palestinian people, the G7 must end all military-security cooperation with Israel, and employ targeted sanctions until Israel complies with international law.’

For more information, contact Mark Sage from Portsmouth and South Downs Palestine Solidarity Campaign on 07816 835621, or email [email protected]

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