Gaza campaign arrives in town

MORE than 120 people took to the streets of Woking on Saturday for a peaceful demonstration about the recent massacre of civilians in Gaza.

The West Surrey Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s ‘Woking Action for Gaza’ protest followed numerous similar demos across the country over the past four weeks.

MAKING THEIR POINT – the Woking Action for Gaza protest, organised by the West Surrey Palestine Solidarity Campaign, attracted a great deal of attention

MAKING THEIR POINT – the Woking Action for Gaza protest, organised by the West Surrey Palestine Solidarity Campaign, attracted a great deal of attention

The static gathering in Commercial Way was to express the group’s solidarity with the Palestinian people and to raise awareness locally about the plight in Gaza and the West Bank.

It is thought that more than 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in the recent conflict, including more than 400 children, plus 10,000 injured, and entire communities and infrastructure levelled to the ground.

Plagued by heartbreaking images of children and civilians suffering in the small strip of densely populated land bordering Israel, protesters handed out leaflets to passersby and discussed the situation.

Supporters believe that the Palestinians deserve the same independence, freedom and justice other nations expect. They say this can only be achieved by ending the Israeli blockade which has been in place since 2007.

The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign is the oldest British organisation of its kind. It is non military and uses political means to lobby for peace on behalf of the people.

Woking Action for Gaza protesters were making a bid to exert pressure on Israel to respect human rights and international law.

The group also encouraged local people to support an embargo on the sale of arms to Israel and a boycott of  Israeli goods.

Secretary of the West Surrey Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Hilary Stephenson, said: “We were pleased with the turnout of 120 to 130 people, including entire families.

“There was a good atmosphere and many passersby were keen to engage in discussions about the plight of the Palestinians. Some even joined in the demonstration spontaneously, glad to have the opportunity to express their concerns.

“Many agreed with our call for an arms embargo and a boycott of goods as a means of exerting pressure on the Israeli government to respect international law and the right of the Palestinians to freedom and justice.

“We shall continue to campaign locally in support of the Palestinians who have suffered so much under the Israeli siege of Gaza and the military occupation of the West Bank.”

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