Al Quds Day is a day when millions of people around the world in dozens of countries East and West, North and South, come together in unity to demonstrate their support for the oppressed Palestinians who have been living under Zionist occupation for over 60 years. Al Quds Day is the oldest annual international protest in support of Palestine. This years the London Al Quds Day is on Friday 17th August:
Date: Friday 17th August 2012 Assemble outside BBC Broadcasting House on Portland Place at 3pm March to Grosvenor Square where a rally will held outside the US Embassy.
Al Quds Day is unique in that its not a day of remembrance or commemoration, rather its a day of action. The purpose of Al Quds Day is to mobilise the masses in to action for Palestine. With this in mind, in addition to our regular favourite speakers we also have a unique ensemble of speakers from the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement - activist from each of the key BDS campaigns talking about their work and how you can join in to be part of the global boycott movement described by Israel as an existential threat to its very survival. All the main campaigns are represented - Bin Veolia, Stop G4S, Boycott Israeli Blood Diamonds, Show Israeli Apartheid the Red Card, Co-op Campaign, Don't Dance with Israeli Apartheid, Boycott M&S Campaign.. The one thing no will be able to say when they leave Al Quds Day this years is "but what can I to do..".
Last years London Al Quds Day rally was in Trafalgar Square, this year its in Grosvenor Square outside the US Embassy.
Some of the placards being prepared for this years Al Quds Day are shown below, if you feel you can agree with the message on any one of the placards then come on Al Quds Day to claim your placard,and raise it high in support of Palestine.
"Everywhere we went (in Gaza) the same question was on every body's lips - 'You are here but where are the Arabs?' One little girl said to me 'where is this Arab world that they teach us about in school? Where is this Ummah that they talk to us about on Fridays? Why did they leave us alone?'. That's what she said to me, with tears in her eyes 'why did they leave us alone?' I had to turn my face away from her when she said it, and I'm not an Arab, I had to turn away.. I couldn't face her in the face of such a question.."