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Volume 54 Number 7, April 6, 2024 ARCHIVE HOME JBCENTRE SUBSCRIBE

Stop the Genocide in Gaza! Stop Arming Israel! Ceasefire Now!

Vigil in Newcastle for Al Shifa Hospital

On April 4, some hundreds of people took part in a Vigil in Newcastle for Al Shifa Hospital in Palestine. It was organised by medical workers and students in Newcastle to condemn the most recent barbarous attacks by Israel against Al Shifa Hospital, the largest medical complex in Gaza. The organisers also characterised the Israeli forces' cowardly retaliation to the resistance efforts by intensified bombing of hospitals and residential complexes in Khan Yunis and Rafah and their latest atrocity to deliberately target and kill food aid workers in Gaza.

Medical workers and Palestinians spoke with outrage describing the unbelievable crimes of Israeli soldiers butchering patients, medical staff, men, women and babies, murdering over 600 and destroying the hospital complex completely.

As medical staff, they spoke with admiration about the heroism of the medical staff at Al Shifa refusing to leave their patients, staying and dying with them. This heroism is an inspiration for humanity. These Palestinians are showing to the world the "best human beings on our planet". One speaker said that the number of medical staff who have been killed is actually the largest in any war in history. This is Israel's genocidal war on Gaza.

Photo: Davy Ellis

The medical staff pointed out that the people of Palestine do not even have time to process or grieve one vile crime committed by the Occupation before another is committed. They condemned the British government for its continued support for Israel, refusing to impose sanctions and the sending of weapons to Israel to enable Israel to continue its war and refusing to bring about a ceasefire. It was so tragic to hear of the Palestinian students and Palestinians here in the North East who have lost so many loved ones from families and friends.

The speakers said that these vile crimes will never be forgotten and that history will condemn them. These martyrs will be remembered when the Palestinian people are free, free to return in their own land. The speakers said that Israeli settler colonisation, with its infrastructure of genocidal violence, cannot and will not extinguish the connection to their homeland and they recommitted to the struggle for the full liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea! The Chair concluded the vigil saying that these efforts will continue to build the movement to stop Israel and combat to end Britain's support for Israeli crimes once and for all!

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