Thousands Protest At Trafalgar Square For Peace in Gaza
At least 15,000 people protested in Trafalgar Square on friday, calling for peace in Gaza. The organizers said they were meeting under a banner of 'Peace in Israel, Peace in Gaza' to hear speeches from the Israeli Ambassador and a number of British MPs, as well as a chief rabbi.
A counter-protest was organized by the Islamist human Rights Commission, who assembed near them and had about 1,000 people.
Organisers estimated that 15,000 had come to protest under the banner 'Peace in Israel, Peace in Gaza’ and to hear speeches from the Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sachs, the Israeli Ambassador and a number of British MPs. A counter-protest organised by the Islamist Human Rights Commission assembled on the western edge of the square in the shadow of the Canadian Embassy, and organisers said around 1,000 people had attended.
President-elect Barack Obama spoke today to the press, stating he was building a team to help with the Gaza conflict. He also answered calls as to why he has been quiet on the crisis, stressing the importance of having only one president of the United States at a time.
Rejecting criticism that he has been relatively quiet on the violence in Gaza, Obama said he believes "the one area where the principle of 'one president at a time' has to hold is when it comes to foreign policy. We cannot have two administrations at the same time simultaneously sending signals in a volatile situation.
"But what I am doing right now is putting together the team so that on January 20, starting on day one, we have the best possible people who are going to be immediately engaged in the Middle East peace process as a whole, that are going to be engaging with all of the actors there, that will work to create a strategic approach that ensures that both Israelis and Palestinians can meet their aspirations," he said.
NowPublic member Ainvar12 posted about protests in Barcelona:
Because approximately 50.000 persons they centered yesterday to claim a ceasefire in a geographical zone punished for weeks in Middle East.
Meanwhile NP'er Mudricky posted a story on the 4,000 or so people who attended a protest outside the US consulate in Edinburgh on Saturday:
The protesters marched along Princess Street to meet a line of police who kept marchers back from the consulate building.
When stopped by police the protesters lobbed shoes at the Lothian & Borders officers. It was believed there was about 300 shoes thrown, if not more.
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