Hundreds of activists from across Britain marched through central London on Saturday demanding an economic boycott of Israel to force it to lift its blockade of Gaza.
Raising anti-Israeli slogans and carrying banners that said “End the siege of Gaza,” “Free Palestine” and “Justice will prevail,” protesters also urged the United Nations to impose sanctions against Israel for not implementing its resolution calling for an end to the blockade.
The march, jointly organised by Palestinian and anti-war groups, started from Downing Street and culminated into a noisy protest at the Israeli embassy which has been a scene of violent confrontations in the past.
Protesters included activists who were on the Gaza aid flotilla controversially raided by Israeli commandos earlier in the week.
Addressing the rally at the embassy, they said the number of people killed in the Israeli raid was more than nine. Six activists, they claimed, were still missing. Ismael Patel of Friends of al-Aqsa group said the attack was wholly “unprovoked.” “No warning was given,” he said demanding an independent international inquiry.
In a statement, organisers of the march called for a public boycott of Israeli goods.