Saturday, July 19, 2014

Melbourne stands with Palestine: No to Israel's war crimes in Gaza - 19 July 2014

Dear friends,
on July 19, Melbourne held its second demonstration in solidarity with the people of Gaza and Palestine against Israel's war crimes, with an estimated 4000 to 5000 people taking to the streets. Early on Friday morning (Australian time) Israel began its ground assault on Gaza. According to Palestinian officials, the death toll in Gaza now exceeds   with at least 36 people dying on the second day of Israel's ground invasion as a result of  Israel's relentless shelling of the Gaza Strip.

Please find below a selection of photos from today's solidarity rally in Melbourne. The rally was kicked off by Aboriginal community activist, Viv Malo who drew the links and similarities between the Aboriginal and Palestinian struggles. Viv was joined in the rally by other Aboriginal community members, including Aboriginal elder Robbie Thorpe.

Melbourne will hold a third rally for Gaza next Saturday at 1pm (26 July) at the State Library.

in solidarity, Kim

Melbourne, 19 July 2014

All photos by Kim Bullimore

Aboriginal activist Viv Malo speaks on the similarity between the Aboriginal and Palestinian struggles. 

Palestinian nurse, Riyad, who was in Gaza during the Israel assault on Gaza in 2008/2009 during Operation Cast Lead, speaks about Israel's war crimes.

Kevin Bracken, Victorian Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia speak on union solidarity with Palestine. 

Amal, young Palestinian woman whose family is from Gaza speaks about her family and the Palestinian struggle.

Speaker from Jews against Israeli Apartheid speaks on opposing Israel's war crimes, occupation and apartheid policies.

Turkish community speaker speaks on solidarity with Palestine.

 Aboriginal Elder, Robbie Thorpe and Aboriginal activist Viv Malo (who spoke at the rally) march in solidarity with Palestine.

 Rally marching up Elizabeth St in Melbourne CBD

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