Great suffering in a little strip of land

Will Gaza ever see peace?

On the 10th of January 2009 tens of thousands of people poured into Hyde Park and the streets of London. In the biggest public protest yet in Britain against the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

As a thick frost covered the ground on one of the coldest days of the year, Speakers’ Corner was turned into a sea of Palestinian flags and banners condemning Israel.

The crowd, which included young British Muslims and members of political parties from the left , listened to speakers including trade unionists and representatives of Palestinian exiles.

Organisers were expecting more than 100,000 people to join the massive march through the capital in protest at Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip.

The Stop The War coalition, which organised today’s demonstration, said that it believed as many as 100,000 people were taking part in the rallies at Hyde Park and also in Kensington Park Gardens, close to the Israeli embassy.