The Palestine protest in Sheffield marched to the student encampment

Pro-Palestine campaigners planned over 30 marches, pickets, bicycle cavalcades and other events this weekend.

And in other areas campaigners joined May Day marches to highlight the issue of Israel’s destruction of Gaza and its murder of over 35,000 people.

Despite renewed talk of a ceasefire, that killing goes on. Osama Hamdan, a Hamas senior spokesperson, said talks mediated by Qatar and Egypt are  continuing.

He said one of the “key elements” discussed is Binyamin Netanyahu’s threat to invade Rafah.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz has quoted an Israeli official as saying that Israel is determined to invade Rafah, which shelters 1.5 million Palestinians displaced by the war.

But Hamdan said the slaughter could end immediately if the US decided it should. “We have to talk about the real position of the United States because that is the main issue which will affect the position of the Israelis, and mainly Netanyahu,” Hamdan told Al Jazeera news.

“If the United States administration has said clearly to Netanyahu, enough is enough… I assure you that will happen.”

But many people aren’t just spectating what is happening at the top. Instead they are taking to the streets, and building more action.

Sue reported from Manchester, “About 1,500 people are marching to the student encampment. People are joining as we go along.”

The Sheffield May Day demo marched from the closing rally up to the Palestine encampment at Sheffield university.

Around 150 people joined a march in Skipton, North Yorkshire. It was the town’s first march for Gaza.

Newly-elected independent councillors joined Bradford Friends of Palestine’s event.

From a protest in Camden, north London, campaigner Margaret said, “It is great to see the campus protests in the US, and the ones in Britain too. The victory at Goldsmiths university shows we can make progress, even when it seems tough.

“The approach of the Nakba Day demonstration on 18 May reminds us of the cruelty of the foundation of Israel. We should now fight to stop Nakba II.”

Activist calendar

Wednesday 8 May:

Globalise the campus resistance: international student-staff assembly, 7.30pm, Register for Zoom link:

Hear from students and staff building encampments in Britain, the US, Paris and more.

Initiated by Goldsmiths for Palestine & University and College Workers 4 Palestine. Supported by Palestinian Youth Movement, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, UCU London Region, Leeds Student Against Apartheid Coalition, Sheffield Campus Coalition for Palestine & London Student Action for Palestine.

Thursday 9 May: 

Stop the War has called an activists’ meeting at the Palestine 21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD, 6.30pm to discuss action including building for the 18 May demonstration.

Saturday 11 May:

NW England regional march: Assembly 12 noon Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, L3 5TQ to march to St George’s Hall for a rally.

SW England regional Nakba Day march: 12 noon, College Green, Bristol

Saturday 18 May: 

The coalition organising the national marches has confirmed another national demonstration to mark the anniversary of the Nakba when Zionist settlers and militias forced at least 800,000 Palestinians off their land to make way for the Israeli state. It will also step up demands for an end to the genocide and to the arming of Israel. 

Assemble 12 noon, BBC Portland Place for march to Whitehall, London. Route map here


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