Anti-Israel marches held in London, Madrid amid Gaza fighting

Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters in London and Madrid march against Israel as some of the worst fighting in years rages between the Israeli military and terrorists in Gaza.

In London, several thousand protesters carrying placards reading “Stop Bombing Gaza” and chanting “Free Palestine” converge on Marble Arch, near the British capital’s Hyde Park, to march towards the Israeli embassy.

Israel’s Channel 12 news, which has a reporter at the protest, airs footage of protesters marching on a small Israeli flag placed on the ground.

In Madrid, some 2,500 people, many of them young people wrapped in Palestinian flags, march to the Puerta del Sol plaza in the city center.

“This is not a war, it’s genocide,” they chant.

Pro-Palestinian activists and supporters in London let off smoke flares, wave flags and carry placards during a demonstration against Israel amid fighting between the Jewish state and Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, on May 15, 2021. (Tolga Akmen/AFP)

“They are massacring us,” says Amira Sheikh-Ali, a 37-year-old of Palestinian origin.

“We’re in a situation when the Nakba is continuing in the middle of the 21st century,” she says, referring to the “catastrophe” of Israel’s establishment in 1948.

“We want to ask Spain and the European authorities not to collaborate with Israel, because with their silence, they are collaborating,” says Ikhlass Abousousiane, a 25-year-old nurse of Moroccan origin.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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