From Oslo Photo: Aftenposten

Over 1000 people showed their solidarity with the people of Gaza at a demonstration today. There were several speeches, including one from the Palestinian ambassador. He told the crowd of how the Israeli foreign minister Ehud Barak shot his mother in the face – the ambassador was only 10 years old at the time and remembers his mothers bloodied corpse. Everyone was touched by his speech and also over the seriousness of the situation. I heard some teenage boys beside me say “Lets fuck em up shall we”. I tapped one of them on the shoulder and shouted through the darkness, waving flags and speeches  “Please don’t cause a riot. This is supposed to be a peaceful demonstration”…. The boy who looked Pakistani turned away clearly embarrassed. He huddled off with his friends who I could see were asking him “what she say?”.

Then we marched together: Africans, Pakistani, Palestinian, Norwegian, Swedes, Arab, Christian, Palestinians  shouting slogans of support  for our Palestinian brothers and sisters:  “boycott Israel! Free Palestine!….. Boycott Israel! Free Palestine!…”

We passed a few boys who were now covering their faces and I realised that they were planning something, but I prayed that it was only some kids freezing and not a riot that was about to take place. Around the Kings Park and up to the Israeli embassy we continued to shout our slogans, wave our banners and people banged on drums. The police were already waiting for us and had blocked off the road to the embassy with steel barricades and police vans.

We continued to shout and the atmosphere changed. People were becoming more angry, and there was more tension in the air. Suddenly there were some firecrackers thrown and I could see a fire ahead. were they burning flags? Then another fire cracker. Then there was smoke. Then more. And then a few shots. Suddenly we couldn’t breath. Parents with their babies in prams and children by their side started to run in the direction we had come from. Tear gas filled our lungs, burnt our eyes and scorched our skin. We couldn’t breath and for a moment I knew what it was like to suffocate. Suffocate like the people under the rubble in Gaza. Suffocate like the people in Gaza who have suffered under months of blockades. Hundreds of us ran for cover from the tear gas. Some ran into hotels and shops spraying their faces with water to escape the pain. With my skin and lungs burning, I saw a woman ahead of me half stumble as she coughed, I patted her on the back “Are you ok?” I asked through my scarf while gasping through the gas. “Yes….. yes…” she coughed violently trying to loosen her hijab to cover her mouth.


Photo: Aftenposten

This wasn’t supposed to happen. It was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration but what else can you expect when people with families and friends in Gaza see the slaughter on their TV screens. It would have been better if we had been able to hold our stand for at least 2 hour in a peaceful protest and make our mark. Perhaps we would have gained more, instead of being dispersed after 3 minutes, but then again maybe our angry voices and solidarity with tens of millions of other people across the globe will now send a clear message that enough is enough.



Video of the demonstration can be seen here:


~ by no2wars on 29/12/2008.


  1. A boat load of lunatics tried to sail a private yacht into Gaza under the pretense of delivering medical supplies. They were turned back by the Israeli Navy. The boats collided during the encounter. However, the damage was light. Unfortunately, head Moonbat, former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, did not fall overboard during the encounter.

    Far-Left Hamas Supporters Coming to Gaza by Sea

    by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

    ( Free Gaza, a far-left organization offering support to the jihadist Hamas government in the Palestinian Authority, sent a ship on Monday to defy the Israeli sea blockade on Gaza. Despite the major IDF military operation underway, sixteen Free Gaza activists, including a former member of the US Congress, are on their way to the region.

    The ship, a yacht, left from Cyprus this evening carrying Free Gaza supporters from Britain, Australia, Ireland, Cyprus and Tunisia, as well as former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Free Gaza spokesmen told the press before they set off that their ship is carrying three and a half tons of medical supplies, including antibiotics. The yacht is the sixth of its kind sent to Gaza by the organization in four months.

    A Cypriot doctor on board the ship said that they are sending a message to PA residents that “they are not alone.” McKinney said that she intends to call on American President-elect Barack Obama to condemn Israel’s Operation “Cast Lead” against the jihadist regime in Gaza. Link here. The Intellectual Redneck

  2. […] bloggere har skrevet om dette også, blant de bloggene jeg fant som deltok på demonstrasjonen var denne og denne. Jeg ser at endel av de som støtter Israel har skrevet om dette også, men de fokuserer, […]

  3. I just checked your blog and completely in agreement. Blitzere were pretty active in rounding up the troops.

  4. Some useful information relating to Boycotting Israeli and Jewish made products:
    A bar code starting with “729″ indicates that this product is produced in Israel 729 Israeli Bar Code Association – EAN Israel. This is a modest, simple and effective way to support Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation and ethnic crimes against human beings. Sometimes brands are misleading, a bar code never lies if it carries that “729″, for example: 729 3453459070

    Please forward this on to as many people as possible.

    A global resistance needs to start and I can’t think a better way to do it then to start boycotting their products.

  5. Thanks for telling us that. Its important to know stuff like this. There are so many against the boycott of Israel. In Europe many equate it with anti-semitism, but this is just not the case. If it worked in toppling South Africa then it is bound to work for Israel

  6. Using the guide above go into a toy store and and find or ask were the section is for 10 year olds. One minute they are crying and unhappy, the next moment they are giggling and putting everything in their mouth. Your kid can learn to program the robot for a range of complex activities.

  7. and free syria…where a lot more innocent civilians are dying and the free palestine hypocrites are saying nothing

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