Global protests call for permanent ceasefire in Gaza, end to Israeli crimes
Thousands of protesters around the world have called for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and an end to Israel's barbaric attacks against Palestinians amid a temporary ceasefire in the besieged strip.
Demonstrations were held on Sunday in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Indonesians from various cities marched through the streets of Karawang, West Java as they waved Palestinian flags and chanted “Free Palestine.”
Indonesians in Bali, North Sulawesi and Depok, West Java, also took to the streets over the weekend in similar marches.
The demonstrations were the latest in several huge protests staged across Indonesia since Israel began its deadly onslaught on Palestinian civilians in Gaza last month.
Adipati, who like many Indonesians goes by one name and was among the protesters in Karawang on Sunday, said that he joined the march to stand up against the Israeli occupation.
“I took part because I care, and I want to stand up for justice, to unite for justice in the name of humanity,” he said. “I want freedom for Palestine.”
Protest coordinator Cecep Jasim said that “the situation in Gaza right now is a product of Israeli violence that has hurt people’s hearts across the globe.”
“We are calling for a permanent ceasefire… We also demand the immediate delivery of critical humanitarian aid to Palestinians in need,” Jasim was quoted as saying
“These protests are important, especially for the international community, so that we can show what Israel is doing to Palestine is an act of terrorism that we must fight against,” he said.
“You don’t have to be a Muslim to stand up for Palestine. You only need to be human,” Jasim said.
“As a civilized human being, we must not allow the oppression that is leaning toward genocide in Palestine to continue. Our support will mean a lot for the people of Palestine.”
Sunday’s protest came on the third day of a four-day cease-fire after Israel agreed to stop the daily bombardment in exchange for the release of its captives held by the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.
Since early October, the Israeli military has dropped about 40,000 tons of bombs on Gaza, authorities in the strip said and carried out attacks on crucial public facilities, including hospitals and schools.
At least 14,800 people have been killed in the besieged Palestinian enclave and tens of thousands more wounded since then.