03/01/2009 For the eighth consecutive day, the Zionist entity continued its deadliest offensive against Palestinians in the Gaza strip, claiming the lives of more than 440 people and injuring more than 2290 others…
And also for the eighth consecutive day, world capitals witnessed massive rallies in solidarity with Gaza against the Zionist criminality, calling upon the international community to assume its responsibilities.
One of the major demonstrations was witnessed in the northern town of Sakhnin (Arabs of 48) where around one hundred thousand people demonstrated over the Israeli offensive. Crowds waving Palestinian flags and brandishing pro-Palestinian placards chanted “Gaza will not surrender to the tanks and bulldozers!” and “Don’t fear, Gaza, we are with you!”
Following a minute’s silence, Sakhnin Mayor Mazem Ghanaim called for an immediate halt to the Gaza offensive. “The Israeli occupation forces is conducting crimes in Gaza before the eyes of the international community. We call for an immediate stop to the Gaza offensive,” Ghanaim told the crowd.
In France, demonstrators turned out in their thousands Saturday to condemn Israeli attacks on Gaza. In Paris police put the number of those marching through the French capital at more than 6,000, while the organizers estimated 25,000 took part. In the southern city of Nice police said there were 3,000 demonstrators while organizers claimed 5,000. Police said 3,800 turned out in the eastern city of Mulhouse while the organizers said there were 5,000. In Toulouse in the southwest the figure was put at between 600 and 800 and at Perpignan close to the border with Spain at between 1,000 and 1,500.
Thousands of demonstrators marched through London on Saturday to protest against the Israeli offensive on Gaza. Many people carried Palestinian flags and some chanted “Free, free Palestine” and “Israel terrorists” as they filed along the River Thames towards Trafalgar Square. Police said up to 6,000 people took part, but organizers the Stop the War Coalition estimated the crowd at around 50,000.
Hundreds also marched through the streets of Madrid on Saturday to call for an end to Israel’s air attacks on the Gaza Strip. The protesters, mostly Arabs, began their spontaneous march after a demonstration outside the Spanish foreign ministry. “Justice for Palestine” and “This is not a war but a genocide” were amongst the messages on display on signs. Some marchers called out “murderers” while others waved shoes in the air.
In Kuwait, more than 2,000 Kuwaitis and Arab residents demonstrated on Saturday against Israel’s deadly strikes on Gaza Strip, calling on Arab regimes to help Palestinians. Protesters chanted “Death to Israel” and “Death to America,” and carried banners in support of the Resistance Hamas movement, criticizing what they called “Arab silence towards the Israeli massacre.” Demonstrators called on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to open the only border crossing point with the Gaza Strip in order to allow aid to pass to around 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Afghans marched in new demonstrations Saturday against Israel’s deadly strikes on the Gaza Strip, with protesters in the capital also demanding that US occupation troops pull out of Afghanistan. In Kabul, up to 600 demonstrators marched in the city centre, holding banners that read “Israel commits crimes, America supports,” and shouting “Death to Israel” and “Death to America.” In the eastern city of Jalalabad, up to 400 people took to the streets to condemn the attacks, accusing the United Nations of failing to act, witnesses said. Hundreds more protested in the town of Charikar, north of Kabul, according to Afghan media.
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators have pelted Cypriot riot police with rocks, sticks, shoes and oranges near the Israeli embassy in Nicosia. Some protesters tried to pull away barbed wire and break through a line of riot police blocking a road leading to the Israeli embassy.
Meanwhile, Lybia announced that it will send 5,500 tons of food and medical supplies to Gaza by boat. The shipment is expected to arrive in Egypt Tuesday, and from there to be transferred to the Strip. Earlier Syria announced it would send 230 tons of food and medical supplies to Gaza. Source