London pro-Palestine demonstration refuses to condemn Hamas atrocities, laying blame for terror on Israel

Attendees at the rally, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, sang 'There is only one solution, intifada revolution'


Just two days after the Jewish state experienced the worst domestic terror attack in the country’s history, in which more than 900 Israelis were slaughtered, raped, and kidnapped, some 2,000 pro-Palestine demonstrators amassed in front of the Israeli embassy in London to call for further violence.

A heavy police presence oversaw drums, chanting, and red and green fireworks let off into the sky. Although the word Hamas was not uttered and its flag not waved, not one speaker in the line-up condemned the terror activity directed at Israel.

The evening’s first speaker, Tahani Hamid, spokesperson for Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB), said: “Over the past weekend, Palestinians have been asked to condemn; condemn this and condemn that. So, we will condemn.

“We condemn the 16-year-long crippling siege of Gaza. We condemn the 56-year-long illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. And we condemn the ongoing 75-year-long Nakba which left 700,000 Palestinians without a home or a homeland.

“And finally, we condemn the British government’s refusal to take responsibility for their role in the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. In the coming days, we will see massive and tragic loss of life, and Zionism is solely responsible.”

Hamid added: “We must stop this vicious cycle. But in order to stop it, we must solve the root cause. And the root cause of what’s going on right now... is the brutal and illegal occupation.”

World leaders must begin to take the “plight of Palestinians seriously,” he said, “then we can start to hope for peace".

The speaker continued: “But until then, the apartheid state will continue the provocations; the imprisonments; the demolitions; the killings; and the Palestinians will continue to enact their God-given right to resist oppression and occupation by any means necessary.”

Another speaker, Lindsey German from Stop the War Coalition, addressed the terrorism directed at Israeli civilians this weekend.

She said: “What has been going on in the last few days, the scenes from Israel are terrible scenes. People killed, and people injured, and people taken hostage and people driven from their homes. But war is terrible, and the people who suffer from wars are the civilians who may be totally innocent of anything at all.

“The real people we should blame for all this,” she continued, “are the people who continue to allow this situation to arise. They continue to allow this war against the Palestinians,”

She added, “What we’re here to say tonight, is this conflict has not come from nowhere. It’s not an irrational conflict. It’s not two sides both as bad as each other. It’s not Israel defending itself, it’s Israel defending its right to continue to oppress the Palestinians.”

Finally, she said: “When people say, ‘why don’t the Palestinians protest peacefully?’, what the hell do people think they’ve been doing for 75 years?”

German was interrupted shortly after by a chant from attendees. They sang: “We don’t want two state, we want ‘48”, and “there is only one solution, intifada revolution”.

Less than three miles away, the UK Parliament was lit up in the colours of the Israeli flag.

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