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Thousands gather in London for Palestinian solidarity march following death of journalist

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in central London in help of Palestinians and journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was reportedly killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank.

Activists chanted “free Palestine”, “1, 2, 3, 4, occupation no more” and held an array of banners and indicators as they marched from close to the BBC headquarters at Portland Place to Downing Street.

Organisers mentioned round 10,000 individuals attended the rally to face in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and observe Nakba, which commemorates the displacement of Palestinians when the Israeli state was based.

A quantity of protesters held indicators paying tribute to Al-Jazeera journalist Ms Abu Akleh, who was shot useless whereas protecting a raid by Israeli forces in the West Bank, prompting widespread worldwide condemnation.

Activists on the protest informed The Independent they have been outraged by the killing of the skilled correspondent, who was a family title throughout the Arab world and revered for her protection of Palestinian life beneath Israeli rule.

A quantity of audio system addressed the group, together with Labour MP John McDonnell

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Ben Jamal, Director of Palestine Solidarity marketing campaign mentioned: “We’re delivering two key messages today. The first is to the Palestinian people to show them that there are people in the UK in their thousands who will March, protest and boycott in solidarity with their struggle for liberation.

“We are also calling on our government, our public bodies and corporations end their complicity in Israel’s system of apartheid. We mark the Nakba as a historical event but also, an ongoing process of colonisation that can’t be sustained without the complicity of our government.”

Mr Jamal added: “Press freedom is a bedrock of democratic systems and governments like ours are playing lip service to principles of democracy.”

Several outstanding left-wing figures spoke on the rally, incluidng Labour MP and former shadow chancellor John McDonnell who paid tribute to Ms Abu Akleh and demanded “the killers are brought to justice”.

A gaggle of protesters holding up indicators on the rally in central London

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On Friday, the UN Security Council, which referred to as in a uncommon assertion for “an immediate, thorough, transparent and impartial investigation” into the death of Ms Abu Akleh.

Late Friday, the Palestinian public prosecutor mentioned preliminary findings present Abu Akleh was killed by deliberate hearth from Israeli troops. The prosecutor mentioned the investigation would proceed. Israel’s army mentioned earlier Friday that she was killed throughout an alternate of hearth with Palestinian militants, and that it could not decide the supply of the shot that killed her.

Israel has referred to as for a joint investigation with the Palestinian Authority, and urged it handy over the bullet for forensic evaluation to find out who fired the deadly spherical. The PA has refused, saying it is going to conduct its personal investigation and ship the outcomes to the International Criminal Court, which is already investigating attainable Israeli struggle crimes.

The PA and Al Jazeera, which has lengthy had a strained relationship with Israel, have accused Israel of intentionally killing the journalist. Israel denies the accusations.

Organisers mentioned 10,000 individuals attended the march on Saturday afternoon

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Israeli police selected Saturday to analyze the conduct of their officers who attacked Ms Abu Akleh’s funeral, inflicting mourners to briefly drop the casket in the course of the ceremony in Jerusalem.

Police forces beat pallbearers with batons at first of the funeral procession.

In a press release Saturday, the Israeli police mentioned their commissioner has instructed an investigation that might be concluded in the approaching days. “The Israel Police supports its police officers, but as a professional organisation that seeks to learn and improve, it will also draw lessons from the incident,” the assertion mentioned.

The police say they used power as a whole bunch of “rioters tried to sabotage the ceremony and harm the police.”

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