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London remembers 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestinians

Nakba London Protest (PA Media)

Rallies held in London coincide with the 76th anniversary of the Nakba or catastrophe, when Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homeland by an apartheid regime that continues to murder Palestinians on a daily basis.

Cut out keys, the iconic Palestinian keffiyeh and flags,are all  reminders of a time decades ago that changed the course of history forever, the Nakba, Arabic for catastrophe.

This year marked the 14th national demonstration closely associated with the Nakba, the catastrophe of 1948 that saw hundreds of thousands of Palestinians forcibly removed from their lands by what is now referred to as Israel.

A mass ethnic cleansing that the protesters in London say has continued decade after decade, until the present day.

76 years since that tragic event, generations of people around the world and in Britain continue to call for the same thing.

Freedom and peace for the Palestinians, ending of genocide, and ensuring that the West, especially us in this country, stop supporting, through weapons, through politics, the Israeli extreme fascist state.

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As ever, they are a mixed crowd, young and old, students, healthcare professionals, Gentiles and Jews, marching in unison.

These demonstrations are not dangerous places for Jews. The right wing propaganda says that these are hate marches and it's particularly dangerous unsafe places for Jews. This is a complete lie.

 Stephen Kapos, Holocaust Survivor

The march ended outside the office of the Prime Minister and within earshot of parliament, where the majority of MPs voted against an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza months ago.

A failure that continues to cost them votes at the ballot box.

Parliament was maneuvered to prevent a proper vote taking place, to protect the images of some members of parliament. My advice to everyone is (to) ask your MP what they did, ask your MP how they voted.

When the election comes, ask all the candidates the same question.

Jeremy Corbyn, MP

A general election will take place later this year and the anti-war, anti genocide, movement in Britain is sure to have a big say in the outcome.

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