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Protests to continue over Israel-Palestine conflict, despite ceasefire

Protests are continuing across the UK in support of Palestine, after the continuing violence in Gaza.

It is estimated that over 200,000 people have joined the protests in the UK over the past few weeks, highlighting the importance of support peace in the region.

A ceasefire was called last Friday after fighting caused more than 250 deaths, prompting the global marches for an end to the fighting.

During the protests, there have been many guest speakers including Palestinian artists, poets and activists. Even former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has participated in the protests.

The UN Human Rights Council have voted to investigate violence on both sides after Israel accused Hamas of firing rockets into Jerusalem.

Dr. Ahmad Khalidi, a senior associate member of St Antony’s College, Oxford, questioned whether the recent protests will lead to other countries bringing the two sides together for peace talks.

“The relationship is always preceded by a bout of violence, which leads to a jolt in everyone’s consciousness and the US and other international nations get involved.

“This is always a new political moment and will continue to happen. It remains to be seen whether countries will recognise Palestine as a nation or as a state under occupation”, Dr. Ahmad Khalidi said.

The conflict started in 1948, when the UN attempted to split the former British colony of Palestine into two different countries. There has never been a peace agreement, and it has looked like a two-state solution is impossible.

The most recent round of fighting started after some Palestinian families were being threatened with eviction in the region of Sheikh Jarrah, a predominantly Palestinian neighbourhood in East Jerusalem.

The recent protest in London was said to have attracted tens of thousands of people to join the march.

The tensions were worsened by the police storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites in Islam on the final Friday of Ramadan. It has been estimated that more than 300 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces using tear gas and stun grenades.

As the protests around the world set to continue, activists will be hoping for an end to the conflict and a peaceful resolution.

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