Stark contrast between Christmas event and Gaza Protest

The second protest for a ceasefire in Gaza was held in Carmarthen on Saturday (Nov 18).

The protest was in stark contrast with the Christmas celebrations taking place in Guildhall Square with the switch-on of Christmas lights taking place.

West Wales Friends of Palestine set up outside Barclays bank. A mixture of men women and children held placards and waved flags. They chanted ‘ceasefire now’ and ‘stop the killing’. Meanwhile Christmas carols were belting out in the square.

Passers by gave mixed reactions with a small group aiming negative comments at the group.

A vote at the Senedd for a ceasefire in Gazza saw a number of MSs abstaining or voting against.

There is still widespread condemnation of the Hammas attacks on Israel on October 7th and fresh claims that Hammas was using a hospital as a stronghold. Some commentators have described those claims as ‘fabricated’.

Pressure on world leaders to intervene is growing as the number of deaths of civilians grows. President Macron has said that ‘far too many civilians have been killed’.

President Biden is under pressure to rein in Israel’s military campaign.

The Hamas-run health ministry said 11,240 people had been killed, including 4,630 children, since the Hamas attacks on Israel on 7 October.

Israel has questioned the figures and their figures state around  1,200 deaths.

The  UN’s World Heath Organization (WHO), have said they have no reason to disbelieve the numbers.

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