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Issue #1653      August 27, 2014

Free Palestine:

The quest for truth and justice continues

In Perth on Saturday morning, August 16, the Friends of Palestine held their sixth consecutive rally on Murray Street calling for an end to the occupation and siege of the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

(Photo: Peter Cunningham)

About 150 people gathered, including Palestinians, trade unionists and activists and their friends and families.

The main speaker was Palestinian man Amon Qwaider who spoke of the impact which the Israeli siege was having on the people of Gaza and their infrastructure, leaving the former traumatised and the latter often turned to rubble and dust.

But he said that the Israeli objective of destroying the resistance of the Palestinian people has not been met as they have not run up the white flag.

The two union speakers, Seamus Doherty from the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union and Dave Fox from the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union spoke of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, its successes and the need to continue with this strategy to make the aggressor Israeli state hurt economically.

Nick Everett - the Convenor for Friends of Palestine - then called on the protestors to march and to stop along the route outside Myers and David Jones to protest their stocking of Soda Stream products. These products are made in a factory on the West Bank on a site where Palestinian houses formerly stood. The factory also uses large amounts of water – water to which the Palestinian people have only meagre access. Israeli’s have 400 litres per person while Palestinians use on average 73 litres per person.

The protesters held up their hands with gloves painted red to symbolise that the Soda Stream and corporations which stock their products will have blood on their hands.

The rallies will continue on the streets of Perth and other actions are also being co-ordinated by the Friends of Palestine.

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