'Free Palestine' protesters descend on Cambridge Market Square

Robert Young - News Reporter 22 November 2012

Around 50 people gathered outside of the Guildhall and around Market Square in Cambridge last Saturday to show support for the people of Gaza and to protest the British government’s stance in support of Israel’s actions. There have been parallel protests across London and many other places in the UK over the past few days.

Averil Parkinson, a member of the Cambridge Palestine Solidarity Campaign, told The Cambridge Student, “we campaign continuously for an end to the military occupation of Palestine, an end to settlement building in the occupied territories, an end to continual ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and for lifting the blockage on Gaza.”

Saturday’s protest allowed the group to collect over 100 signatures for a national petition co-ordinated with the national Palestine Solidarity Campaign addressed to the Foreign Secretary William Hague, which called for an end to the latest conflict in Gaza.

Parkinson added that there will be a further protest this coming Saturday in Cambridge to re-enforce their message. Aaron Kiely, the NUS Black Students’ Officer, told TCS, “the scenes coming out of Gaza are absolutely horrendous and we call for the immediate end to the Israeli air strikes and the killings; we urge students to attend vigils and demonstrations to show solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters.”

Kiely’s sentiments will no doubt be put into action again with the news that Daniel Taub, the Israeli Ambassador to the UK, is due to speak at the Cambridge Union early next week. It is already expected that protests are being organised in response.

Robert Young – News Reporter