Saturday, 7 April
When unarmed Palestinians marched to the Gaza border, a border that has entrapped them in a humanitarian crisis, they were met with brutal force from the Israeli army. This resulted in bloodshed and a massacre of Palestinian civilians, with 17 killed and over 1400 injured. Palestinians mobilised for the Great Return March to commemorate the 42nd annual anniversary of Land Day and to protest the ongoing occupation and siege of Gaza. Despite Israel’s brutal massacre, the Palestinians remain resilient and determined to protest their oppressors and plan to march every Friday for the next 6 weeks.
The deterioration of Palestinian life has been aided by the impunity they receive from international governments, with key support coming from the UK. Rather than holding Israel to account for what are well-documented human rights abuses and breaches of international law, they have failed to impose a single sanction against Israel’s regime and continue to openly support what a UN report described as a system of apartheid. As UK citizens, it is our responsibility to pressure our government and corporations to end their support of Israel.
Israel uses military force to maintain its oppression of Palestinians. HSBC is a major shareholder in companies selling weapons and military technology to Israel and also provides those companies with the loans they need to operate.
Join the emergency protest/ march calling for an end to complicity in Israel’s military regime. We will meet at Manchester Piccadilly gardens at 1pm and march to HSBC. Together, our voices will and must be heard!