Call to Action: Join the National Demonstration in London on March 30—Ceasefire Now, Stop the Genocide in Gaza!

Simon Pearson calls for comrades to join the National Demonstration in London on Saturday March 30th to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, an end to the genocide of Palestinians, and freedom for Palestine, while also standing in solidarity with Ukrainians facing Russian imperialism.

 

On March 30th, Palestinians worldwide commemorate Land Day, an annual remembrance of the six unarmed Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during protests against land expropriation in 1976. This year, the ongoing Israeli bombardment of Gaza overshadows the sombre occasion. The Israeli military’s actions have killed and wounded tens of thousands of Palestinians, creating a devastating humanitarian crisis. In light of these events, we call upon all supporters of justice and human rights to join us in London for the eleventh National Demonstration, where we will demand an immediate ceasefire and an end to the genocide in Gaza.

Our movement has shown exceptional support for the Palestinian cause, with an estimated three million people in Britain participating in local and national demonstrations over the past six months. This unprecedented show of solidarity has not wavered, despite attempts at police repression and intimidation from government ministers. Despite Tory/Reform UK and pro-Zionist accusations of antisemitism and the absence of support from the opposition Labour leadership, the protests have continued and remained peaceful, demonstrating the unwavering commitment of people in Britain to stand up for justice and human rights.

Graphic for National Demonstration - – Ceasefire Now – Stop the Genocide in Gaza. Main image by Steve Eason

As we take to the streets once again, our purpose extends beyond merely expressing solidarity. We are actively working to make it impossible for this Tory government to continue its complicity in the oppression of the Palestinian people. We demand an immediate ceasefire, no more weapons for Israel, let the aid flow, and an end to the genocide in Gaza. We are part of the movement that will ultimately secures Palestine’s freedom.

This Saturday will feature the first “from Ukraine to Palestine Occupation is a crime” bloc, in which marchers will draw links between the ongoing war in Ukraine against Russian imperialism and the Israeli settler colonialism faced by Palestinians. We recognise that both peoples are facing the devastating consequences of imperialism and oppression, and we stand in solidarity with all those fighting for their rights and freedom.

The upcoming local elections in May and the general election later this year provide an opportunity to raise awareness about the Palestinian cause. We can use electoral campaigns and protests in council chambers to pressure politicians to take a stand for Palestinian rights and make it a key issue in their campaigns. However, this must not distract from putting people on the streets, and demanding an end to the violence and suffering.

We must continue the local and national marches and direct action, such as shutting down Elbit. Rallies, protests (encouraging people to take part in the BDS movement), and other forms of resistance (such as joining with Just Stop Oil to shut the British Museum over its links with BP) on the ground should remain at the heart of the movement.

Join us on March 30th in London for the National Demonstration: Ceasefire Now—Stop the Genocide in Gaza! Stand united in our demand for an immediate ceasefire, justice, and freedom for the Palestinian people, and in solidarity with all those fighting against imperialism and oppression worldwide. Together, we can make a difference and be part of the movement that brings about lasting change.


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Simon Pearson is on the Editorial Board of the Anti*Capitalist Resistance and is a Midlands-based political activist.

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