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Why These Black British Jews March For Palestine

If there’s one word that has been on everybody’s lips in the past seven months, it’s been Gaza. Following Hamas’ attacks on October 7th 2023, which Israel says killed at least 1,200 people, Israel’s military response has unleashed a wave of violence, killing more than 34,000 Palestinians and injuring more than 77,000 in the besieged strip.

Civilian infrastructure such as homes, hospitals, universities and even UN shelters – which were used to provide aid and support to displaced civilians in the aftermath of past attacks on the strip – have been destroyed by Israeli military strikes. It has created a crisis that the UN’s Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths has described as the “worst humanitarian disaster” that he has seen in his career.

Last December, South Africa took Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), accusing the country of committing genocide in Gaza. The court put out a ruling in January ordering Israel to ensure that it complies with provisional measures to prevent genocide. In March of this year, South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor accused Israel of defying the decisions of the ICJ.