LONDON: Dozens of people gathered in London for the second Picnic for Palestine, which was organized by Friends of Al-Aqsa, an organization established in the United Kingdom.
This campaign was started with the goals of bringing more attention to “The Nakba,” which is another name for the Palestinian catastrophe, and encouraging a rise in pro-Palestinian activity in the UK.
The head of public affairs at the FOA, Shamiul Joarder, was quoted as saying, “Picnics with friends and family are a pleasure that we most certainly take for granted.”
Due to Israel’s heavy limitations on Palestinian freedom of movement, Palestinians are unable to take advantage of this opportunity. Picnic in solidarity to kick off a summer of BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movements to hold Israel accountable Let’s use our privilege to take meaningful action for Palestine this summer and throw a picnic in solidarity.
This summer, participants renewed their commitment to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), including the targeting of sportswear brand Puma, which is one of the primary sponsors of the Israeli Football Association. According to Human Rights Watch, the Israel Football Association (IFA) comprises teams based in illegal Israeli settlements that are located on occupied Palestinian territory.
Those who attended the event also discussed potential strategies for opposing a new bill proposed by the government of the United Kingdom that seeks to prevent local governments from organizing boycotts of Israeli goods.