London councillor unveils Palestine solidarity banner at East Lon

A UK Labour councillor has unveiled a Palestine solidarity banner in London’s East End to point out help amid Israel’s makes an attempt to forcibly expel Palestinians from East Jerusalem and its assault on Gaza.

Puru Miah, a councillor for London’s Mile End district, put up the banner saying “We Stand With Palestine” on a wall in London’s iconic Brick Lane thoroughfare.

“The day after safety forces stormed the temple mount attacking Palestinian worshippers in Jerusalem, I acquired an electronic mail from a resident, asking for condemnation and solidarity with the victims,” Miah mentioned in a weblog submit.

“The electronic mail was from a neighborhood youth employee, Zak, and it demanded the Palestinian Flag be flown from the Town Hall.”

Due to “strict protocols adopted by Tower Hamlets Council, flying the Palestinian flag was not going to occur,” Miah mentioned that with the assistance of the local people, he determined to unfurl the message of solidarity at a spot of historic significance to social justice causes.

“Brick Lane is legendary as the primary port of name for migrant communities within the United Kingdom, our very personal Ellis Island,” he mentioned.

Aided by a number of neighborhood organisations together with the Sisters Forum, artists and the Brick Lane Bangladeshi Restaurant Association, he put up the banner on an deserted pub subsequent to Christchurch Primary School.

“It was a recognisable symbolic act, doing the banner drop in Brick Lane, at the de facto Town Hall within the Endz. Our native battle, linked to Palestine and different international struggles, of the lengthy ethical arc of the universe, finally bending in the direction of justice”, Miah concluded.

The gesture comes amid rising criticism of the Labour celebration’s management, which has been slammed for its lukewarm response to the plight of Palestinians.

Last month, Labour chief Keir Starmer got here underneath fireplace from British Muslims after withdrawing from a Ramadan occasion over one of many organisers’ help for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) motion.

In a press release posted on Labour’s web site on Wednesday, Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy mentioned: “The escalation of violence in Jerusalem, Gaza, and Israel is appalling. The Labour Party totally condemns the assaults which have endangered civilian lives and resulted in Palestinian and Israeli casualties, together with youngsters.”

Read extra: Why some activists really feel the Labour Party has ‘failed’ Palestine

In a later assertion, she referred to as on Israeli authorities to finish the “eviction of Palestinians from their houses,” nevertheless made no point out of Israeli aggression or the unbalanced scale of the violence.

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