This report is largely translated from the original French at Collectif Palestine Vaincra.
On Friday, 27 August, activists and supporters of the Collectif Palestine Vaincra, a member organization of the Samidoun Network, organized a Palestine Stand near the Bagatelle market in Toulouse, France. The stand denounced the unjust and inhumane siege imposed upon the Gaza Strip, occupied Palestine, by the Israeli occupation with the active collusion of the Egyptian regime and Western imperialist powers.
Today, the 2 million Palestinian inhabitants of Gaza face a catastrophic humanitarian situation, which was further exacerbated by the last Zionist military assault in May 2021. However, the Palestinian people continue to confront the siege and resist for the liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea, despite the colonial violence that once again targeted the recent protests against the siege in southern Gaza for violent repression.
The stand, position at the exit of the Bagatelle metro station, was decorated with Palestinian flags as well as a large banner, stating: “From Gaza to Jerusalem: Resistance.” For over two hours, participants distributed over 1,000 flyers on the history of Zionist colonization in Palestine and the importance of supporting the Palestinian resistance.
An information table offered a wide range of information on the campaigns organized by the Collectif, especially for the liberation of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, Arab struggler for Palestine imprisoned in France for over 37 years, and for the boycott of Israel. Many passers-by collected free flyers and stickers to raise awareness about Palestine.
Showing solidarity, visitors to the stand displayed Palestinian flags as they drove past, donated to the work of the Collectif Palestine Vaincra, or offered bottles of water in the summer heat.
During many discussions, people expressed their solidarity and admiration for Gaza’s steadfastness and resistance. To show their support, many people joined in a photo campaign to demand an immediate lifting of the siege and an end to the blockade.
The Collectif Palestine Vaincra organizes actions and initiatives in Toulouse every month to support the Palestinian people and their resistance for the liberation of Palestine from the river to the sea. Contact the Collectif to get involved, or reach out to Samidoun Network to get involved in your local area outside of France.