Gaza memorial wall in Hastings

Residents have been writing the names of 550 children who died in Gaza on a memorial wall
Residents have been writing the names of 550 children who died in Gaza on a memorial wall

A wall remembering the 550 children killed in Gaza last year has been erected in Hastings.

Gaza was bombed by Israeli military forces from July 7 to August 26 last year.

More than 2,200 people are thought to have been killed.

The Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign erected the remembrance wall outside Nationwide and residents have had the chance to show their support by choosing an individual child to remember.

A spokesman from the campaign said: “Unlike the Israeli Apartheid wall designed to divide people, our wall of commemoration has sought to create links between residents of Hastings and those in Gaza.

“Selecting from a list of over 550 names, individual passers-by chose a named child to remember.

“The pages of names seemed overwhelming.

“Some have added RIP, some have chosen a child of the same age as their own children, young people often chose teenagers of the same age and gender”.

Laurie Holden from the organisation said: “We want to keep it in people’s minds and remind people Britain is involved and selling arms to Israel.

“Britain is complicit as some of these arms were used last year. It’s very relevant to us here in Britain.”

Hastings Council leader Peter Chowney visited the wall to add two names of his own.

“I was pleased to be able to join in with this, and write the names of two brothers, aged six and eight, on the commemoration wall,” he said.

“It’s important to remember all victims of wars, but the conflict in Israeli-occupied Palestine is particularly poignant, with so many innocent young lives lost.

“We all need to do what we can to draw attention to what’s going on here, and defend the rights of the Palestinian people to a secure and safe homeland”.

Locals will have another chance to sign their name on the wall on Saturday, August 29, between noon and 2pm outside Nationwide, Queens Parade.

The Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign continues to lobby Hastings MP Amber Rudd to put pressure on the Israeli government to end the siege and allow medical and building supplies to enter.

For more information about the work of the campaign visit www.hastingspalestinecampaign.org.

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