Flowers were laid in Whitehall, opposite Downing Street, on 29th July in memory of the more than 200 children massacred in Gaza by Israel this month.
The location, facing the Prime Minister’s official residence, was chosen to remind the government of the consequences of its support for Israel.
The names and ages of some of the dead children were written on sheets of paper and left with messages of condolence, flowers and teddies.
One message read: “To our Palestinian children, in heaven, with love, London x”
Another, attached to orange and pink roses, simply gave the names and ages of the four boys struck down with Israeli missiles as they played football on the beach.
More than 500 people attended the evening vigil, called by Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The names of the dead children were read out, a list so long that the reading took 15 minutes. The crowd listened in silence, many in tears.
Sarah Colborne, Director of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: ‘On Monday, as Muslims around the world celebrated Eid, Israel continued its slaughter in Gaza. An Israeli missile strike on a children’s playground killed eight children, dresssed in their new Eid clothes, as they played on a swing. Two adults were also killed.
“This vigil was to honour the memory of those children and all those killed and being killed in Gaza, and also to shame the British government for the support it gives Israel. We call on our government to demand an immediate end to Israel’s killing in Gaza, and to impose sanctions and an arms embargo on Israel until such time as it abides by international law.”
Photos from the vigil can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/palestinesolidaritycampaign/