The Nottingham ‘Kill the Bill’ protest has been moved to outside the city council building and delayed by one hour to make time for those who want to be at both demonstrations.
Hundreds of protestors are expected to turn up at a peaceful rally in the Old Market Square amid rising tensions in the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
The demonstration is taking place on Saturday 15th May at 12 noon to remember a day known as ‘Nakba’ (Arabic for catastrophe) when more than 700,000 Palestinian Arabs either fled or were expelled from their homes during the 1948 Palestine war – the first war of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Protestors are also rallying to “protest the current brutalisations and displacements in Palestine” as civilians continue to be killed as a result of ongoing violence between the Israeli state forces and Palestinian militant group Hamas.
The fighting erupted on Monday after violent confrontations between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters outside the Al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem.
At least 58 Palestinians, including 31 children, have died as a result of heavy bombing from Israeli air strikes. There have been six deaths in Israel, including one child, after Hamas fired over one thousand rockets into Israel.
The Israeli government has come under fierce criticism from activists across the world who accuse them of stoking tensions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and trying to forcibly evict Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem.
“We must make it known that this is unacceptable.”
Samir Azlam, protestor
But Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, told the BBC that “Hamas are looking for a war” and that they “must be able to defend ourselves and defend our civilians” from Palestinian attacks.
They say that they “try to minimise civilian casualties in Gaza”, the largest city in the state of Palestine and where the fighting is most intense, through targeted air strikes.
On Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged “both sides to show restraint” on social media and called for a “two-state solution” in the House of Commons in his efforts to bring an end to the conflict.
I am urging Israel and the Palestinians to step back from the brink and for both sides to show restraint. The UK is deeply concerned by the growing violence and civilian casualties and we want to see an urgent de-escalation of tensions.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 12, 2021
Graduate Samir Aslam, 27, who will be present at both protests believes that the recent events in Palestine “sets an extremely worrying precedent” and that “we cannot let this violence slide anywhere in the world.
“People will say what difference will a protest in Nottingham make thousands of miles away but we must make it be known that this is unacceptable,” he said.
The event is one of many being organised across the country as pro-Palestinian activists aim to raise awareness of the devastating impacts of war between the two Middle Eastern countries.
A rally took place in Leicester on Thursday 13th May and more are set to take place in Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol as well as London where protestors are planning to march upon the Israeli Embassy at Palace Green.
The ‘Kill the Bill’ rally, which is the latest in a string of protests against the Government’s controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, will take place at 11am.