JEWS AND PALESTINIANS UNITED
مظاهرة حرية فلسطين في لندن - يهود وفلسطينيون موافقون
There were many Jews (and not only orthodox) attending in support of a protest in London over Israel's massacre of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. Although the rally was only called at short notice and had not received any publicity in Britain's mainstream media, a surprisingly large number of demonstrators - about six hundred - gathered in Whitehall, opposite the Prime Minister's office at Downing Street, in central London.
The previous day, Friday 6 April, ten unarmed Palestinians protesting close to the Gaza border fence with Israel had been shot dead by elite snipers from the Israeli Occupation Forces. The fatalities included photojournalist Yaser Mutarja who, as can been seen clearly from the well documented film footage and the photographs of other journalists, was wearing a clearly labelled PRESS jacket at the time. He was fatally wounded and died in the early hours of Saturday morning.
News stations and media outlets across the developing world covered the story in depth. Even the liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz belatedly carried a headline - "Palestinian Journalist Wearing Press Jacket Killed by Israeli Fire in Gaza". However, on Saturday morning, BBC World News devoted barely a minute to what it had previously termed "clashes" in Gaza, and in what it now termed merely "deadly unrest."
The words "massacre" and "crime" were carefully avoided. On its television coverage on Saturday morning I heard absolutely no mention of the death of Yaser Mutarja, although it did belatedly include a mention of his death in the sixth paragraph of an online article entitled "Deadly unrest on Gaza-Israel border"
A total of 31 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli live-ammunition in the previous eight days since the "Land Protests" had started, demanding justice for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, the end of Israel's blockade of Gaza and the right of refugees to return to their homes from which they have been illegally forced to leave.
The ongoing Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza and its 1.9 million inhabitants has been crippling with sixty per cent of Gazans living below the poverty line and at least eighty per cent dependent on international aid and an unemployment rate of 41 per cent as of December 2017. Nearly half (47%) of households have been categorized by the United Nations as "food insecure".
The blockade and earlier military assaults by Israeli have also had a devastating impact on the city's infrastructure and families are lucky to receive even four to six hours electricity a day and many have no access to safe drinking water - see the latest United Nations figures -