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London mayor raises Palestine flag on town hall

“In addition to the current military onslaught, the blockade of Gaza is causing a humanitarian catastrophe,” he added.

Source : World Bulletin / 02 Jul 2014

A borough in the UK capital city London has flown a Palestine flag on its town hall building in solidarity with the people of Gaza, who have endured a heavy bombing campaign by Israel since July 7.

Lutfur Rahman, the Mayor of the London borough of Tower Hamlets, was cited in The Telegraph saying “We are flying the Palestinian flag over the town hall as a humanitarian gesture of our solidarity with the people of Gaza.”

“In addition to the current military onslaught, the blockade of Gaza is causing a humanitarian catastrophe,” he added.

“Over 1,000 people have been killed, most of them women and children. An urgent aid corridor needs to be opened to allow those injured to receive treatment and medical care,” the Tower Hamlets mayor said.

“We mourn the loss of life in this tragic conflict. We call on our Prime Minister to help create a lasting peace that breaks the cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians and prevents any further loss of innocent lives.”

However, Jewish leaders slammed the mayor's the move as “destructive” for community relations.

“Mayor Rahman should remember that he is flying a flag from a British town hall in support of an organization that is regarded across Europe and the world as terrorist,” Jonathan Arkush, vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said.

“It is totally inappropriate. It is also destructive of relations between the communities that make up our capital city,” he added.

Meanwhile, Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps told MailOnline, “What we need is an immediate ceasefire and continued humanitarian aid, rather than empty, flag-waving gesture politics.”

Israel has been pounding the Gaza Strip for almost four weeks, which killed at least 1458 Palestinians and injured more than 8300 others.

Israel claims that the offensive aims to undermine the ability of Palestinian factions to fire rockets at Israeli cities.

According to Israeli figures, at least 61 soldiers have been killed in battles with Palestinian fighters and three civilians by rocket fire.

Israel's military operation, codenamed "Operation Protective Edge," is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip – which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians – within the last six years. 



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