Ground report on protest organised by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign against the crackdown on al-Aqsa.
First published in The Canary on 23 July 2017:
On 22 July, police shut down one of Britain’s most elite streets for a very important political message. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) delivered this message outside the Israeli Embassy on High Street Kensington.
Hundreds in solidarity
PSC and its supporters were protesting against the recent closure of al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem, a deeply sacred place for Palestinians. The 2-day closing of the site was called “unprecedented” and threatens the fragile status quo, as control of al-Aqsa is important to the Palestinian cause…
PSC’s chair Hugh Lanning told The Canary the group organised the protest against Israel’s actions in East Jerusalem. But also it organised the event to shine light on Israel’s continuing occupation of Palestine and siege of Gaza. Lanning said it was all part of the effort by Israel to drive Palestinians off their land:
“Israel claims to be a democracy but you can’t be a democracy while denying people their place of worship. It is supposed to be [a] multi-faith place, Jordan is supposed to be in control of it. It’s an international heritage site and Israel is using it as a weapon. We think the world ought to be saying to Israel enough is enough…”