Australia had some of the biggest demonstrations last weekend, with tens of thousands in Sydney and in Melbourne. President of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, Nasser Mashni, said the political reaction to the ongoing bombardment of Gaza was a “vote-changer”.
“We’ll be on the streets every week demanding freedom and self‑determination for Palestine. This will be a vote-changer because people feel that they can’t trust MPs who stay silent,” he said.
Other rallies were held in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Tens of thousands protested in Paris, France, marching behind a banner that read, “Halt the massacre in Gaza and West Bank. Immediate ceasefire.” Another 40,000 people demonstrated across dozens of French towns, according to the CGT union federation.
Tens of thousands took to the streets in Lahore, Pakistan’s second biggest city. Some activists said it was the country’s biggest Palestine protest yet.
In New York, in the US, thousands protested in front of Penn station, at Maddison Square Garden. And around 300 protesters rallied outside Union station in Washington.
Protesters staged sit-ins at many train stations across the Netherlands and hundreds of people joined a ceasefire rally in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. In Spain, the university unions called Palestine solidarity protests in Barcelona.
University and high school students staged walk outs for Palestine, joining demonstrations in 38 cities, including Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Bilbao, Zaragoza and Madrid. Protesters in Madrid chanted slogans, including, “Stop the genocide”, “Murderer Israel” and “Long live the struggle of the free Palestinian people.” Spanish students had already taken similar action last month.
Thousands of protesters marched through Dublin, in Ireland. Marchers held a sit-in at the Department of Foreign Affairs building. Protests were also held in Cork and Limerick. In Belfast 3,000 people rallied before marching through the city centre to the Northern Ireland Office.
In Switzerland, around 4,000 people protested in the capital city Geneva. In Auckland, New Zealand, the US Consulate was splashed with red paint during a protest. People demonstrated outside the Israeli embassy in Mexico. Another protest was held in Rabat, the capital of Morocco.
And football fans showed support for Palestine at several 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. People held up Palestinian flags during matches between Iraq and Indonesia and Qatar and Afghanistan.
A pro-Palestine pitch invader breached the security cordon at India’s Narendra Modi Stadium during the Cricket World Cup final in the Indian city of Ahmedabad.Original post