Thousands of protesters in Australia and across the world rallied at the weekend to oppose Israel’s offenses in Gaza, which has left more than 400 Palestinians and 20 Israelis dead.
Schoolchildren led thousands of protesters through Sydney’s CBD, yesterday, demanding an end to the violence.
A crowd of more than 2,000 protesters marched down George St, waving placards and flags.
They chanted: “In our thousands, in our millions, we are all Palestinian.”
It is Sydney’s second major pro-Palestine rally in two weeks.
Melbourne held its second demonstration on Saturday, too, with an estimated 5,000 people taking to the streets.
Deputy Federal Opposition leader Tanya Plibersek said an end to the conflict was now needed.
“Of course the rockets must stop,” Ms Plibersek told reporters on Sunday.
“Hamas must agree to a ceasefire, and I also urge Israel to ensure that any response to that rocket fire is proportionate and spares the lives of civilians.”
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on Saturday in Adelaide to rally against the crisis, urging the Australian Government to put pressure on the Israeli Government to stop the attacks.
Meanwhile, a demonstration yesterday in the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles deteriorated into violence, with riot police lobbing tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds.
France has the largest Muslim population in western Europe and also has a big Jewish community.
Vienna, Stockholm and Amsterdam also witnessed protests by thousands of people against the deadly invasion.
On Saturday, parts of central London ground to a standstill as thousands marched against the Israeli offensive.
Up to 15,000 people were expected to take part in the march from Downing Street to the Israeli embassy in Kensington.
Labour MP Diane Abbott was among the speakers who addressed protesters at Whitehall.
“I am here to show solidarity with the people in Gaza,” The Guardian reported.
“We call for an end to the occupation and justice for Palestinians.”
Saturday’s march follows on from a demonstration on Friday at the Cabinet Office by the London Palestine Action group.
The protesters were said to have locked themselves to railings, unfurled banners and insisted on talking with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.