Protesters took to the streets of London, Berlin, Rome and the French city of Marseille over the weekend to demand a ceasefire in Gaza and the safe delivery of aid.
Huge crowds gathered in European countries on Saturday in support of the Palestinians and the Palestinian territories – two weeks after Hamas launched its major offensive against Israel.
For the second weekend in a row, protesters took to the streets of London, expressing an anti-war message.
London police estimated that around 100,000 people took part in the rally, chanting “Free Palestine”, holding banners and waving Palestinian flags.
Protesters marched through the city before gathering outside Downing Street, the official residence of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
In Rome, hundreds of demonstrators called for an end to Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.
Waving Palestinian flags, demonstrators marched shouting “Free Palestine!” » and held banners reading: “No peace until we have freedom”.
“Israel is committing war crimes there, crimes against humanity, and the international community has never acted,” said Maya Issa, president of the Palestinian Student Movement in Italy, which organized the protest.
Despite the ban on demonstrations issued by the Berlin police, several hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched unhindered through the streets of the German capital.
Present in force, the police surrounded the demonstrators and finally allowed the procession to leave.
Last week, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said German police had recorded more than 1,100 offenses related to the Israel-Gaza conflict since Hamas launched its deadly attack earlier this month.
At the same time, thousands of people gathered in Berlin for a demonstration aimed at showing their opposition to anti-Semitism and their support for Israel.
People carried Israeli flags or posters with photos of some of those missing or held hostage by Hamas.
The demonstration, organized by a broad alliance of various organizations, comes as anti-Semitic incidents increase in Germany following the violent escalation of the war in Gaza.
Organizers estimate that more than 20,000 people participated; police estimate the number at 10,000.
In response to a call from several associations, around a hundred people gathered near the old port of Marseille, in the south of France, to call for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
“In Marseille, we want to act” and fight “against this climate of anxiety which is spreading”, Kamel Fassatoui, head of a local Emmaüs branch which organized the gathering with the Human Rights League (LDH) of Bouches-du-Rhône, says.
“It’s not about taking sides. We want to be the voice of peace. We must put pressure on our politicians,” he added through a megaphone.