Today in Chorlton, Manchester, people came out to protest about the bombing of a Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin on the West Bank, Palestine.
The crowd spread across each corner of a crossroads with their flags held high and lots of support from passing motorists who hooted their horns.
As Israel conducts a massive ground offensive in a densely populated Palestinian refugee camp in the northern West Bank, the assault has a strong sense of deja vu about it, at least to those who remember the raids and confrontations of 2002 that turned the Battle of Jenin into a symbol of Palestinian resistance.
This refugee camp originally came into existence in the 1950’s after Nakba (catastrophe)- ethnic cleansing, in 1948 by the Zionist militias to create the State of Israel.
Since Monday morning Jenin has been witnessing fierce aerial bombardments and ground incursions by the Israeli military, involving elite special forces, armoured personnel carriers, bulldozers, helicopters and drones. The assault began with a drone strike on an apartment in the middle of the refugee camp.
Yesterday Israel launched its largest military assault on the occupied West Bank in 20 years, with aerial and ground attacks on Jenin refugee camp, destroying essential infrastructure, trapping people in their homes, bulldozing civilian areas, injuring dozens and killing at least nine people, three of whom were children. Overnight, Israeli forces teargassed Palestinian families as they fled the camp, and today the attacks have continued.
As Israel rained terror down on Jenin yesterday, the British government pressed ahead with the first vote in Parliament on its toxic anti-boycott bill, designed to stifle our solidarity with Palestinians. Whilst the bill was voted through to the next stage, the government ran into significant dissent from across benches:
Despite the vote sadly being voted through, people are waking up, many of whom complained to their MP’s to put pressure on them.
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