From New York and London to Karachi and Rabbat, thousands of people have gathered in major cities around the world to protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza.
Protesters also gathered on Tuesday to denounce the ongoing crackdown at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, as well as Israeli plans to forcibly evict Palestinians from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem. .
Some of the demonstrators carried banners which read “Free Palestine”, “Israel is a terrorist state” and “The occupation is no more”.
The Israeli raids on Gaza come after weeks of growing tension over the impending forced eviction of Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem from which Jewish settlers have been trying to evict them for decades.
The situation worsened when Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City – Islam’s third holiest site – and injured hundreds of Palestinian worshipers over several days of violence. Protests erupted in the occupied territories and inside Israel. The Palestinian faction Hamas, which rules Gaza, launched rockets at Israel.