Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in European capital cities today in a show of support for Palestine as the crisis in the Middle East deepens.
There were massive demonstrations in cities such as Paris, Brussels and Sarajevo on Sunday with protesters calling for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
There also demonstrations with people showing support for the Jewish state, most notably in Berlin, as it continues its fightback against Hamas after its brutal terrorist attack which has claimed the lives of more than 1,400 Israelis, most of whom were civilians.
In the 15 days since Hamas launched its devastating assault Israel has pummelled Gaza with air strikes which officials in the territory say have killed thousands of people.
And tensions in the region are still rising as preparations continue for a potential Israeli ground invasion, with Israel threatening Iran-backed militia Hezbollah they would make the ‘biggest mistake of their lives’ if they attack from Lebanon.
Pro-Palestine protesters wave flags and chant outside the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels
A woman holds a placard saying ‘Gaze – 423,000 displaced’ and another saying ‘cease the fire now’
A pro-Palestine protester shouts down the camera amid a rally in Brussels in Belgium today
A demonstrator scales a street lamp and attempts to tie a Palestine flag in support of the people of Gaza
Protesters hold AI generated images of children caught in the conflict as they demand a ceasefire
On Saturday more than 100,000 people turned out in Britain to show their solidarity with Palestinian civilians caught up in the conflict, with marches in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff.
The main protest in London was mainly peaceful, although a smaller protest outside the Egyptian Embassy in the capital sparked controversy after speakers were heard calling for jihad against Israel.
Today there were more protests in Europe showing support for Palestine, with tens of thousands of people going onto the streets in Belgium, France and Bosnia.
In Brussels demonstrators gathered outside the headquarters of the European Commission, which has been steadfast in its support of Israel since the conflict began just over two weeks ago.
People waved Palestinian flags and held up placards calling for a ceasefire to stop the deaths of more civilians in the territory.
In Paris thousands gathered at the Place de la Republique, a monument which has a statue of the personification of France, Marianne.
The site has long been used as a venue for demonstrations, with previous pro-Palestine rallies taking place here in recent weeks.
At the protest people chanted songs in support of the territory, while also waving flags and holding up placards calling for an end to the ‘massacre’.
A man holds up a sign saying ‘stop the massacre in Gaza’ as thousands gather in Paris today
A man waves a Palestine flag and looks out on the crowd gathered at the Place de la Republique
A man waves a flag of Palestine while standing in front of a statue of the personification of France, Marianne
Pro-Palestine demonstrators gather in front of Vijecnica Library in Sarajevo for a protest today
A protester in Sarajevo raises a placard that says ‘Raise your voice!! The genocide in Gaza is also a message to your children!!!!’
Thousands of people gather for the demonstration in Sarajevo, with one giant sign saying ‘Yesterday Srebenica, today Gaza’, drawing parallels between the ongoing conflict and the massacre of Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian war
On Sunday hundreds of people gathered in Sarajevo – bombed and besieged during the Bosnian war in the 1990s – to show solidarity with the plight of Palestinians in Gaza.
‘What is happening in Gaza is simply human disaster. Collective punishment. War crimes. These things have to be named by their rightful name,’ said Nabil Naser, a Palestinian doctor who worked in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war.
More than 3,000 people attended a ‘Freedom for Palestine’ rally on Sunday at a square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Waving Palestinian flags and to the beat of drums, protesters including women and children chanted ‘Palestine will never die’ and ‘From the rivers to the sea, Palestine will be free.’
Malaysia is a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause, and has no diplomatic ties with Israel. Muslims in the country have staged weekly rallies after Friday prayers outside the American Embassy, slamming the U.S. for its support of Israel.
Retiree Munir Izwan urged neighbours of the Palestinians to step up efforts to help.
‘Even in Islamic teachings, the closest neighbours should help the most in making peace between the two parties. But from what I see, the neighbouring countries of Palestine, they are only talking but no actions,’ Munir said.
Closer to home there was a ‘vigil for Gaza’ held at the Peace Statue in Brighton and Hove, where a combination of Stop the War Coalition campaigners, local Quakers, Israeli dissidents and Palestinians gathered.
People hold placards calling for an end to ‘the occupation’ of Palestine in Podgorica, Montenegro today. One sign says ‘stop calling it a conflict it’s literally genocide’
People hold placards of crying children calling to ‘save Palestine’ during a rally in Podgorica, Montenegro
Protesters wave Palestine flags and chant during a protest in support of the territory in Podgorica, Montenegro
Thousands of people gather in a Freedom for Palestine rally at Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, today
Supporters of political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM) stamp on an Israeli flag during a demonstration in solidarity with the Palestinian people, in Hyderabad, Pakistan
Supporters of political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM) burn an Israeli flag during a demonstration in solidarity with the Palestinian people, in Hyderabad, Pakistan
Around 200 people gathered for a pro-Palestine rally at the Peace Statue in Brighton and Hove today
A flag from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign is taped onto the Peace Statue in Hove for today’s rally
A dissenting protester is seen holding an Israeli flag at the pro-Palestine rally in Hove today
Pro-Israel demonstrators gather in Berlin to show their support for the Jewish state. One placard reads ‘Stop the terror against Jews! Away with Hamas’
Supporters in Berlin waved Israel flags as they marched to campaign against antisemitism in the German capital
One placard saying ‘we stand with Israel’ is held aloft next to an Israeli flag during today’s demonstration in Berlin
Thousands gathered at one of Berlin’s most recognisable sights, the Brandenburg Gate, for the rally
Hundreds of people gather in Trafalgar Square calling for Hamas to release hostages it took from Israel on October 7
People in Trafalgar Square hold up placards of people who were kidnapped by the terrorist group
People hold placards showing the faces of people, including children as young as four, taken to Gaza by Hamas
People at the rally in Trafalgar Square waved Israeli flags and chanted ‘bring them home’
There were also shows of support for Israel today, with thousands attending rallies in London and Berlin to show their support for the Jewish state and to campaign against antisemitism
In Trafalgar Square, hundreds of people held up flyers and posters of innocent Israeli civilians who have been kidnapped by Hamas and taken into Gaza by the terrorists.
In recent days there have been multiple incidents in London of people ripping down posters put up to raise awareness of the plight of those taken hostage, causing fury among British-Israelis and Jewish people.
The gathering in Berlin took place next to the Brandenburg Gate, one of Berlin’s most recognisable sights.
The protest, organised by a broad alliance of various organisations, comes as antisemitic incidents have been rising in Germany following the violent escalation of the war in Gaza. The organizers estimated that over 20,000 people took part; police put the number at 10,000.
‘It is unbearable that Jews are living in fear again today – in our country of all places,’ President Frank-Walter Steinmeier told those gathered in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
‘Every single attack on Jews, on Jewish institutions is a disgrace for Germany. And every single attack fills me with shame and anger.’
Earlier, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he was outraged by the antisemitic agitation spreading as the Gaza war rages, and warned at the inauguration of a new synagogue that the vow of ‘never again’ must be unbreakable.
Assailants threw two Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in Berlin on Wednesday, and police protection has been increased for Jewish institutions.
Scholz, who denounced the violence on Wednesday, expanded on his comments at the inauguration of the temple in Dessau, a city in eastern Germany whose synagogue was destroyed by the Nazis 85 years ago.