These hijabees are not crying out for freedom, they are calling for genocide and our enslavement.
Around 100 protesters took toÂ MiddlesbroughÂ streets despite the pouring rain to speak out against deaths in Palestine.
Men, women and children came together outside the town centre’s McDonald’s restaurant in Linthorpe Road for the peaceful five-hour protest today.
Waving banners and chanting “Free Palestine”, the group said they were acting as “voices for the people of Palestine”, where many of those killed during the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict have been children and civilians.
A spokeswoman for the group – the Teesside Palestine Solidarity Campaign – who asked only to be known by her first name, Shabana, said: “We started the campaign because thousands have been misplaced, thousands have been injured, 200 people have been murdered by Israel, and basically they haven’t had a voice.
“All of this escalated about a week ago when three Israeli children were kidnapped and killed – all deaths are equal and we condemn that, but they shouldn’t be using that as an excuse to collectively punish Palestine.
“We’re here for the rights of Palestinians; they have no voice, so we are their voice. “Israel are using F16s, chemical warfare, they’re using missiles against children. It’s not a war – a war has two armies. How can they fight a war against a country where half the population is under 18 years of age?
“It can’t be justified.”
It comes as Israel urged thousands of people in east and north Gaza to leave their homes as it continues air strikes.
An Egyptian truce plan on Tuesday failed to halt rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas militants and other groups.
Israel, which had its first fatality on Tuesday, said senior Hamas militants had died in strikes on Gaza overnight.
Palestinian officials say at least 211 people have died in Israeli raids, including 10 killed overnight and four children who died later on Wednesday.
Shabana added: “It’s not a religious issue, it’s not about race – it’s a humanitarian issue. Children are dying. The support here shows how strongly we feel.
“They need to stop the bombing, they need to stop the killing and they need to free Palestine.
“We want as many people as possible to join us just to show their support for the people of Palestine. It’s something that we strongly believe in and we’re going to be here every Wednesday 5-10pm.
“You don’t have to be Muslim, you don’t have to be a Jew, you don’t have to Christian to support this – you just have to be human.”