Palestine supporters are set to march through the heart of Perth on Saturday to rally for an end to the “genocidal” war on Gaza.
About 5,000 people are expected to gather at the Supreme Court at 12pm and then march through Murrary Street to protest what they describe as a “genocidal war” against the people of Palestine.
Friends of Palestine WA chairperson Nick Everett said protestors are rallying to support the innocent civilians in the war zone, who have no means of escape.
“We are currently witnessing a dire humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza brought on by Israeli aggression,” he said.
“Gaza’s 2.3 million residents have no means of escaping Israeli bombardment as Israel controls all air, land, and sea borders.
“The entire population has been cut off from water, food, electricity, fuel and emergency supplies.
“More than 340,000 Palestinians have been made homeless.”Senator Jordan Steele-John and former ABC Middle East correspondent Sophie Mcneill, among others, will be speaking at the event.
A WA police spokeswoman confirmed the rally had been registered.
It is the first time the group has been permitted by WA Police to march through the city, instead of remaining in one spot.In the first rally, which happened last Friday, WA Police only granted a protest permit on the condition attendees didn’t march through the city.
Speaking after the first Pro Palestine protest, in which about 500 people filed into the Murray Street mall, WA Police Commander Darren Seivwright praised the crowd for remaining peaceful.
“There are some events planned in the future and we look forward to having events where people can respectfully, peacefully and lawfully express their views without any public disruption,” Cdr Seivwright said.
“We think that the people of Perth and Western Australia in general are a peace-loving community.“We acknowledge that it’s the democratic right of everyone to protest their cause and we are hopeful and confident that any future rallies will be similar to that of last night.”
Friends of Palestine WA has also renewed calls on the Australian government, demanding support to end Israel’s hostilities and to call on the United States to do the same.
“Israel’s mass displacement of Gaza’s population threatens a new Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe),” Mr Everett said.
“In 1948, when 750,000 Palestinians were displaced by the creation of the State of Israel. Today we see history repeating itself.
“Each day more and more Palestinians are being made refugees in their own land.”
“This war has to stop, and it has to stop now.”