Some 4,000 anti-Israel protesters march through Madrid, lauding Palestinian ‘resistance’

Protesters hold an Israeli flag stained with red paint at an anti-Israel demonstration in Madrid on May 11, 2024.(Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP)
Protesters hold an Israeli flag stained with red paint at an anti-Israel demonstration in Madrid on May 11, 2024.(Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP)

Thousands of anti-Israel demonstrators march through Madrid, demanding a ceasefire in the ongoing war in Gaza and the severing of ties between Spain and Israel.

Numbering around 4,000 according to the authorities, protesters hold up banners and signs condemning a “genocide” in Gaza and lauding the “resistance” of the Palestinian people.

A woman wrapped in a Palestinian flag and wearing a keffiyeh takes part in a demonstration in an anti-Israel demonstration in Madrid on May 11, 2024. (Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP)

Around 30 organizations call for the rally before the 76th anniversary of Israel’s creation, which Palestinians call the “Nakba” (“catastrophe”), when 760,000 people fled their homes during the 1948 War of Independence.

Spanish students have set up sit-ins and protest encampments at universities in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia in recent days, mirroring similar anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian campus movements across the United States and Europe since war erupted in Gaza with Hamas’s October 7 massacre.

 

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