BY JAY LIU and PAUL STRADBROOK
A large crowd of more than 500 protesters gathered at Sydney’s Town Hall on Sunday to call for an end to the ongoing bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas which has claimed more than 1000 Palestinian lives, mostly civilians. The objective of this peaceful protest run by the Palestinian Action Group Sydney was for passionate Palestinian protesters to vent their frustration over relentless rocket attacks from Israel against Palestine.
The speaker led the crowd in chants such as “One, two, three, four, we don’t want your bloody war! Five, six, seven, eight, Israel is a terror state!” Their mantras rang out loud and clear for the leaders of the warring nations to hear: “Free, free Palestine!”, “Shame, shame Israel!” and “Shame, shame USA!”
Approximately 50 police officers, some dressed in riot uniform, including five mounted units performed crowd control and cordoned off vehicle access to main streets along the protest route during the march. These included George Street, Pitt Street, Castlereagh Street, Elizabeth Street and all the way to College Street.
Antony Loewenstein, a journalist and prominent speaker from the Jewish community, made a speech emphasising a growing international voice asking for Israel to cease its hostility and conclude aerial assaults on the Gaza Strip. “You see on a daily basis what Israel is doing in our name. When I say our name, I mean Australia’s name, the West’s name. And we can stand here today and say not in our name.”
The collective hopes from all who attended yesterday’s protest and people across the globe is that we will soon see a conclusion to the bombardment of Palestine by Israel and an end to retaliatory rocket fire. Negotiations are ongoing.
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VIDEO: SBS reported on Sunday that there were 500 people marching in protest against Israel today in the Sydney CBD. JAY LIU challenges their count.