Faced with Israel’s attacks and the intensification of international pressure for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, several organizations mobilized and marked January 13th as the “day of global action” in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

With the continuation of Israeli aggressions in recent weeks, the international community has increasingly put pressure on the Tel Aviv authorities to put an end to military operations in the Palestinian territory, where the death toll has already exceeded 22 thousand, with the majority of victims women and children.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), the Stop the War Coalition and the Friends of Al-Aqsa, entities based in the United Kingdom, announced the 13th of this month as a global commitment to express support for the Palestinian people and denounce the crimes of the Jewish State.

“The international community is not acting effectively to ensure that Israel ceases its attacks and lifts the siege to end the massacre, ensuring that urgent humanitarian aid can be delivered to the people of Gaza,” the Palestine Solidarity Campaign said in a statement. , adding the need to intensify pressure to “end the occupation and dismantle apartheid”.

In an interview with the portal Middle East EyePSC director Ben Jamal explained that the demonstrations “have had a historic dimension” and that they are an “important vehicle” for the cessation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip.

Chris Nineham, founding member of the Stop the War Coalition, reported that if a permanent ceasefire is not negotiated by January 13, it will be necessary to reinforce protests and encourage all civil society to take to the streets.

“It is absolutely crucial, not only that the demonstrations continue, but that they are strengthened, deepened and widened in order to maximize pressure not only on Israelis but also on governments around the world to stop conspiring in the carnage that the Israelis are causing,” Nineham told Middle East Eye.

It is worth remembering that the organizing entities were responsible for leading the protests against the Iraq war of February 15, 2003, which took place in more than 600 cities. At the time, the mobilization had the support of the Muslim Association of Britain, the Palestinian Forum in Britain and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Acts in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza have been taking place for several weeks across the world, forming massive concentrations on the main streets of Western capitals such as London, Paris and Washington.

However, on many occasions, as is the case in the United Kingdom, authorities condemned the protests and used police force, accusing protesters of spreading “hate speech”. In France, the country’s highest court banned acts in support of the Palestinian cause, while in the United States, politicians made their support for Israel explicit, despite the growing death toll in Gaza.

Still, the organizations that defined the global action for January 13th understand that demonstrations are a fundamental tool to pressure Israel.

“The solidarity movement around the world has mobilized millions of people into the streets demanding a permanent ceasefire. We need to intensify this pressure by coordinating actions around the world,” said the PSC.

Source: www.brasildefato.com.br

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