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My view from the crowd: 5th June outside Israeli Embassy in London

June 8, 2010 4 comments

I was at High Street Kensington on Saturday 5th June waiting outside the Israeli embassy for the protest march to arrive from Downing Street. Since

4 young Muslim girls leading the crowd chanting "Free free Palestine Israil terrorist"

moving out of London in late 2008 I had not participated in any public demonstrations or protests and was glad to be back amidst the crowds. As the approximately 20,000 protesters descended upon High St Ken I was struck by two observations. Firstly by how many young teenaged Muslims were in the crowd. Perhaps I never particularly noticed from past demonstrations the sheer numbers of such young protesters. Perhaps it is specifically the Free Gaza protests that have attracted so many young protesters who may have followed the unfolding of the massacre online. I don’t know the answers. I re-watched the 3-minute video I took just before the 20,000 crowd gathered round and was again struck by the boldness and forwardness of young Muslim girls running up the stage, taking hold of the microphone and leading the early-gathered crowds in anti-Israeli chants. It could well be just the difference in physical layout –  the last time I attended a mass protest it ended in Trafalgar Square where there is no chance of random protesters running onto the stage and grabbing the microphone. Regardless of the physical or logistic design of these protests, it was clear to me that there really has been an upswell of increasing popular support. Read more…

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Gaza Aid Flotilla useful links for updates

May 30, 2010 1 comment

If you’re looking for updates about the flotilla, these  links will help:

Gaza Freedom March (with good local links) http://ht.ly/1RPTO

Palestine Monitor  – http://www.palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article1425

Witness Gaza – http://witnessgaza.com/

http://www.ihh.org.tr/

Livestream – http://www.livestream.com/insaniyardim

Jews for Justice for Palestinians – http://jfjfp.com/

Ma’an News Agency report – http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=288217

International Middle East Media Center – http://www.imemc.org/article/58804

You won’t find much news or updates in the mainstream UK press, so follow these  above. If you’re on Twitter, the following people will provide useful updates. Please remember to use the #flotilla hashtag to keep it trending:

@ielsakka

@Palaestina

@justicentric

@nmoawad (was apparently blocked by twitter today and we’re waiting for an unblock, in sha Allah! Update – the a/c is now unblocked)

@kalimakhus

@5hadz

@PalestineToday

@avinunu

@allawati

For real-time updates follow http://bit.ly/a8ZInL