Hundreds in Southampton Gaza protest

Protesters against the conflict in Gaza march through the streets of Southampton

Protesters against the conflict in Gaza march through the streets of Southampton

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

DEMONSTRATORS who took to the streets of Southampton in their hundreds to condemn the violence in Gaza have pledged to continue their campaign.

More than 350 people marched through Southampton chanting “Free Palestine” during the demonstration, staged to draw attention to the on-going crisis.

Hundreds of people have lost their lives in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as the two sides battle over the territory.

The demo, the second to be staged in the city in the last week, saw protesters march from

Southampton Guildhall before reaching the BBC South headquarters in Havelock Road where the chanting grew more vociferous. The protest, which took place yesterday, attracted significantly more people from a number of nationalities than the previous march on Tuesday.

It came as the conflict saw its bloodiest day of fighting yet, with 87 Palestinians killed by Israeli shells yesterday.

Throughout the Southampton march there was a small police presence to ensure the protest passed off without incident.

Abdullah Cattel, who organised both Southampton marches, said the protests were the “start of a movement”.

He said: “We are holding these demonstrations because the Palestinian people are being upset and besieged on a constant basis.

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“As humans we cannot stand by and let this happen – it’s unacceptable.

“It hurts. We are praying for these people. We need to unite everyone.

“This is not just a lone protest, this is the start of a movement. We will not stop until the Palestinian people are free and given back their human rights.

“We will keep going with different projects and demonstrations until we see those walls come down.”
Juman Asmail, 22, from the Students for Palestine group at the University of Southampton, said: “I am Palestinian but because my family were ethnically cleansed in 1948 we cannot go back to visit. 

“If this happened somewhere in Europe the whole world would be watching.”

Meanwhile, more than 15,000 people turned out for a pro-Israel rally yesterday.

The Rally for Israel event in London was one of many across the world showing support for the country and its right to self-defence.

The rally, which was titled Yes to Peace – No to Terror, took place outside the Israeli Embassy in Kensington High Street.

Supporters waved Israeli flags during the demo as an act of solidarity.

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12:18pm Mon 21 Jul 14

southy says...

350 just in Southampton wonder how many turned out though the UK. as this was going on in every major city, where as the pro-israel was around 15,000 and only took place in one city.
It was interesting to see that even Israel people joined up with Palestine march
350 just in Southampton wonder how many turned out though the UK. as this was going on in every major city, where as the pro-israel was around 15,000 and only took place in one city. It was interesting to see that even Israel people joined up with Palestine march southy
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1:21pm Mon 21 Jul 14

cowley says...

People with nothing better to do on a beautiful sunny day. A day out for sad lonely individuals.
People with nothing better to do on a beautiful sunny day. A day out for sad lonely individuals. cowley
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3:21pm Mon 21 Jul 14

sarfhamton says...

cowley wrote:
People with nothing better to do on a beautiful sunny day. A day out for sad lonely individuals.
Why is it sad to speak up against something you believe in? What did you do yesterday apart from having a go at people on here?
[quote][p][bold]cowley[/bold] wrote: People with nothing better to do on a beautiful sunny day. A day out for sad lonely individuals.[/p][/quote]Why is it sad to speak up against something you believe in? What did you do yesterday apart from having a go at people on here? sarfhamton
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3:38pm Mon 21 Jul 14

cowley says...

Believe in? What's that the Palestinians harassing and trying to kill innocent civilians?? Oh you hero!!
Believe in? What's that the Palestinians harassing and trying to kill innocent civilians?? Oh you hero!! cowley
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9:26am Tue 22 Jul 14

Linesman says...

cowley wrote:
Believe in? What's that the Palestinians harassing and trying to kill innocent civilians?? Oh you hero!!
By that statement, I assume that you think that the Israelis are not.

How many aircraft have the Palestinians got?

How many tanks have the Palestinians got?

How many warships have the Palestinians got?

HOW MUCH ISRALI LAND HAVE THE PALESTINIANS ANNEXED?

HOW MAY KIBBUTZ HAVE THE PALESTINIANS BUILT ON LAND THAT THEY ANNEXED FROM ISRAEL?
[quote][p][bold]cowley[/bold] wrote: Believe in? What's that the Palestinians harassing and trying to kill innocent civilians?? Oh you hero!![/p][/quote]By that statement, I assume that you think that the Israelis are not. How many aircraft have the Palestinians got? How many tanks have the Palestinians got? How many warships have the Palestinians got? HOW MUCH ISRALI LAND HAVE THE PALESTINIANS ANNEXED? HOW MAY KIBBUTZ HAVE THE PALESTINIANS BUILT ON LAND THAT THEY ANNEXED FROM ISRAEL? Linesman
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3:31pm Tue 22 Jul 14

cowley says...

Linesman wrote:
cowley wrote:
Believe in? What's that the Palestinians harassing and trying to kill innocent civilians?? Oh you hero!!
By that statement, I assume that you think that the Israelis are not.

How many aircraft have the Palestinians got?

How many tanks have the Palestinians got?

How many warships have the Palestinians got?

HOW MUCH ISRALI LAND HAVE THE PALESTINIANS ANNEXED?

HOW MAY KIBBUTZ HAVE THE PALESTINIANS BUILT ON LAND THAT THEY ANNEXED FROM ISRAEL?
Who is backing israel? The west! Who gave the jews the land to form a LEGITIMATE state after world war 2? The newly formed united nations! Leave the israelis alone! I think they've had it a bit rough in all fairness dont you!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cowley[/bold] wrote: Believe in? What's that the Palestinians harassing and trying to kill innocent civilians?? Oh you hero!![/p][/quote]By that statement, I assume that you think that the Israelis are not. How many aircraft have the Palestinians got? How many tanks have the Palestinians got? How many warships have the Palestinians got? HOW MUCH ISRALI LAND HAVE THE PALESTINIANS ANNEXED? HOW MAY KIBBUTZ HAVE THE PALESTINIANS BUILT ON LAND THAT THEY ANNEXED FROM ISRAEL?[/p][/quote]Who is backing israel? The west! Who gave the jews the land to form a LEGITIMATE state after world war 2? The newly formed united nations! Leave the israelis alone! I think they've had it a bit rough in all fairness dont you!!!!!!! cowley
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6:41pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Koboloi says...

@ Cowley: I'm curious. Why would going on a demo make them sad and lonely? By the look of it many of them have families and have brought them along.
@ Cowley: I'm curious. Why would going on a demo make them sad and lonely? By the look of it many of them have families and have brought them along. Koboloi
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