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Charlotte Church to sing at pro-Palestine rally

21 Nov 2023 2 minute read
Charlotte Church headlining the Eurovision party in Liverpool (Credit: Matthew Rimmer)

Martin Shipton

Charlotte Church is to sing at a major rally in Cardiff on (Saturday 25 November) calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and justice for Palestinians .

The event will will be held at 1pm on Cardiff Central Square, adjacent to the central railway station.

A coalition – Wales for a Free Palestine – has been formed of groups including the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) calling for justice for Palestinians and a ceasefire in Gaza. Together, the group has organised the event, set to be one of the largest the capital has seen.

Several Palestinian speakers, including Sumayya Ahmed (Chair of Palestine Social Club) and Lujane Conibear will lead the call for an immediate ceasefire.

Solidarity

Ms Church, from Cardiff, will perform at the rally and call for solidarity with Palestine.

Numerous other speakers will add their voices for an end to the bloodshed and calls for a ceasefire including Senedd members Peredur Owen Griffiths (Plaid Cymru) and Jenny Rathbone (Welsh Labour), PSC honorary president Betty Hunter, Mairéad Canavan (NEU Wales Executive member), Natasha Hirst (NUJ President), Marianne Owens (PCS Chair), and speakers from other unions and faith organisations to be confirmed.

Ms Hirst will speak about the plight of Palestinian journalists and others covering the conflict in Gaza, many of whom have died.

Economic support

The all-Wales Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, aimed at withdrawing economic support for Israel, will also be launched at the rally.

Maggie Morgan, Chair of Cardiff Palestine Solidarity Campaign, says: “The aim of the rally is to build on the Senedd vote and general public outcry at the current Israeli massacre of innocent civilians, including children, in Gaza. We want to establish Cymru as a nation that stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people and acknowledges Israel’s apartheid.”

The Senedd passed a ceasefire motion on November 8, making the Welsh Parliament one of only three reported to have voted for a ceasefire in Gaza in western Europe. The parliaments of Ireland and Catalonia did so in October.


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The Original Mark
The Original Mark
6 months ago

Glad to see people starting to see through the Israeli lies and propaganda, despite our politicians and msm doing its best to cover for the ongoing genocide.

Sarah Good
Sarah Good
6 months ago

Our politicians and MSM lie despicably on a whole range of topics. If they are speaking or writing, assume they are lying. Because they are. They should never be trusted on anything ever.

Pascal Lafargue
Pascal Lafargue
6 months ago

Genocide?! Hmm, has the Israelian government call the population to arm itself and kill all the Palestinians? You can’t compare the situation with what the Nazis, the Turks or the Hutus did. The situation is dramatic, but we musn’t play with such specific and strong concepts during these particular times. It is foolish and dangerous.

Sarah Good
Sarah Good
6 months ago

Israel has national military service for all citizens (except for the usual exceptions -nursing mothers, extreme religious sects, rich kids etc) Genocide does not require the entire population to rise up and kill their target population, when your military do it for you (like the Nazis and British did in the past – like the children of the bible did to the Midianites) We definitely CAN compare the genocide and diaspora the Israeli defence force are wreaking on the Palestinians to all the other genocide and holocausts and are absolutely right to do so. We are not “playing with specific… Read more »

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
6 months ago

There are Israeli settlers armed and backed by by the IDF killing Palestinians in the West Bank.

Marianne Hancock
Marianne Hancock
5 months ago

To qualify as genocide, a persecution does not need to meet the level of severity that the Nazis achieved. The onslaught in Gaza today meets the criteria set out in the Genocide Convention 1948,

Pascal Lafargue
Pascal Lafargue
6 months ago

Some Human rights violations and war crimes are being committed by Israel, which is different than ‘genocide’. When Putin’s army deliberately bombards and tortures civilians, would you say that it commits a genocide? Where has been this same phenomenal indignation in the western countries for the Kurds, the Uyghurs, for the thousands of Yemenis massacred by the Saudis? In France, since the 7th of October, there have been 1518 antisemitic acts or remarks in France (436 for the year 2022). I am not pro-Israel nor pro-Palestine, but I am certainly anti-antisemite. Comparing the actions of the Israeli army to a… Read more »

Marianne Hancock
Marianne Hancock
5 months ago

This playing with words is not helpful. Our judgment is sometimes clouded by historical, religious and emotional baggage when we think about Palestinians and Israelis. Whether we demonise people or set them on a pedestal, it prevents us from thinking clearly. If people who are committing genocide incidentally happen to be Jews, they just are, that’s all. It doesn’t get Nazis off the hook posthumously. If we are not racist, we judge everyone on the same criteria. In a sense, their identity is irrelevant. They are just people like any other.Mature people are neither anti-Semitic nor philo-Semitic. They are honest… Read more »

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