« Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Sydney on Monday to show solidarity with Palestinian people following the surprise attack on Israel by Hamas on the weekend.
Footage shows protesters marching with banners, Palestinian flags from Town Hall to the Sydney Opera House, and chanting slogans.
« I am here because, like, I feel like the mainstream media don’t portray the realistic action that’s going on in Gaza or West Bank for many years since the Nakba 75 years ago. Palestinian people have been persecuted, basically tortured, collective punishment for civilians, » said Jamie, one of the protesters.
« As a Palestinian background, we have been occupied for the last 76 years, for Gaza has been seized for the last 17 years without any support, without anything going into Gaza’s table, any food or help or medical aids for the last 17 years. Enough is enough. At least they have the rights to protect their rights, to fight for their rights and for us as well, » added another protester Edward.
According to media reports, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese had earlier urged pro-Palestinian protesters to abandon the rally, while police also warned the Israeli community to avoid the Opera House.
Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on Saturday, October 7, firing thousands of rockets as militants broke through into Israeli territory as part of what the group described as ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’.
Israel responded with airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and issued a formal declaration of war on Hamas, warning residents in Gaza to leave their homes.
Hamas said the operation was due to the long-running Israeli blockade, raids on West Bank cities and other attacks, while Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed ‘mighty vengeance’ on the group.
At time of publication, over 1,100 have been reported dead across both sides in the most deadly escalation of the ongoing conflict in decades. »