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London Jews rally for immediate cease-fire in Gaza


Hundreds of Jews gathered Sunday at London's Victoria Embankment Park in response to a call from Na'amod: British Jews Against Occupation.


The demonstrators demanded an immediate cease-fire in Gaza, calling for a resolution of the Israel-Hamas conflict, a hostage exchange and an end to the siege imposed by Israel on the Palestinian enclave.


Carrying banners bearing slogans such as "Jews are against genocide," "End the occupation" and "This Jew is for a cease-fire," they expressed their dissent in both English and Hebrew.


The demonstration, which included people from various backgrounds, highlighted a diverse range of voices within the Jewish community.

- 'Zionism harmful to all Jews'

"I'm not here to call for a cease-fire. Whenever it comes, it will be too late," said Jeffrey Newman, a rabbi from the Finchley Reform Synagogue, addressing the crowd.


"I am also not making a political speech at all. It is an outrage, a desecration of God's name, that we should have to voice the need for humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, and as a fierce critic myself since 1967 of Israel's governments and especially of the occupation," he added.

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