Amid New Reports of Teen Shootings, Thousands Call for Peace in Palestine
Solidarity actions, planned in over sixty locations, come as three more Palestinian teens shot as a result of new 'live fire' rules
While tensions between the Israeli army and youth protesters neared an apparent breaking point, thousands of protesters rallied outside the Israeli embassy in London on Saturday to declare solidarity with Palestinians amid this "escalating attack" on their rights and lives.
The London demonstration, which is one of over 60 actions scheduled this week, comes amid new reports of three Palestinian teens shot dead after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli settler and Israeli border police.
"Palestinians are living under a brutal military occupation," declared the London protest organizers, citing the uptick in violence this month following new controversial policies surrounding the al-Aqsa mosque and the recent order for Israeli citizens to arm themselves against Palestinians. Forty Palestinians and seven Israelis have been killed since the beginning of the month.
The statement continues:
Al-Aqsa mosque is under attack. Israeli soldiers are firing live bullets at unarmed protesters and executing Palestinians in the street. Israeli mobs are marching through the streets of Jerusalem chanting “death to Arabs”. Israeli police are sealing off Palestinian areas of Jerusalem. Armed settlers, living on land stolen from Palestinians are on the rampage, attacking Palestinian men, women and children. Israeli politicians have openly called for their citizens to carry weapons. And Palestinians in Gaza are being bombed and killed in their homes. We have come together to oppose this escalating attack on Palestinians.
"Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Atheist, religious and non-religious people all stand together on this protest," organizers note, making a point to condemn racism in "any form."
The protests come days after the Israeli government enacted a series of harsh policies in occupied East Jerusalem, including increased checkpoints and other punitive measure, that particularly targeted Palestinian youth and protesters.
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