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Youth Palestinian Solidarity Campaign launches in London

A NEW group plans to bring together young activists from across London who are campaigning for Palestine.

The Young London Palestine Solidarity Campaign launched on Thursday night in Kentish Town.

So many activists arrived that its original venue, Cafe Palestina, was not large enough and local parks were commandeered for the landmark meeting.

“With the average age of Palestinians trapped in the West Bank and Gaza barely 20 years old, this is the cause of our generation and our generation wants to act,” said local activist and organiser Sorcha Thomson.

In a statement the group hailed the success of the launch event, which they said “showed clearly that young people in London support the liberation of Palestine and the fight against racism in all forms.”

They added: “This new group is about connecting, co-ordinating, and campaigning for the next generation of Palestinian solidarity across the city, ensuring those in work, out of work, in training, out of university — all young people no matter their circumstance — can raise awareness, show solidarity, and engender positive change in UK society, businesses’ and government’s approach to Palestine.

“The current international approach to ending Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people is not working, and whilst discussion stagnates, hundreds of thousands continue to suffer increased racism, violence and crimes against humanity.”

An open meeting will be held by the new group on August 29 to plan more actions and on September 14 they will mobilise against the bank HSBC and call on it to divest from companies that arm Israel. 

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