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Its time to change the record on Palestine

June 16, 2017, midnight

On Saturday 10th June crowds gathered by the Thames at Waterloo to celebrate Palestinian culture and mark the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Gaza, The West Bank and Jerusalem. The anniversary was remembered in a special way this year by the creative and dynamic charity Amos Trust with their project Just Walk to Jerusalem. A hundred day walk started on 10th June in London and will culminate in Jerusalem on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on 2nd November. Ambassador Hassassian warmly wished the walkers on their way and called for the end of the occupation and establishment of a Palestine State. The walk itself is envisaged as an act of penance for what Britain did to the Palestinians and a demand for their full equal rights in their homeland.

Garth Hewitt, the founder of Amos Trust spoke about the great injustice done to the Palestinians and Ben Jamal, Director of PSC also spoke about the fulfilment of Palestinian rights in this historic year, one hundred years on from the Balfour Declaration.

There was a party atmosphere despite the hard talk with comedian Mark Thomas who walked Israel’s apartheid wall contributing to the event along with Kareem Samara on the oud and Hobbit with his amazing soundscapes. The intrepid walkers were given a huge send off by an inspired performance of British Palestinian fusion band 47Soul who got everyone dancing with their unique and dynamic sound.

Ambassador Hassassian expressed the hope that such a symbolic act undertaken by the walkers to Jerusalem will herald the beginning of the end of 100 hundred years of injustice against the Palestinian people and a new era of hope for them and future generations.

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