Hundreds of people gathered near to the Bullring in central Birmingham in protest against the ongoing killings in Gaza. Two MPs spke, Richard Burden, Labour and John Hemming Lib-Dem. Selma Yaqoob a local Respect Councillor also spoke passionately about the dire situation.
There have been regular stalls and gatherings to draw attention to the situation Palestinians face but the support this meeting drew was significantly stronger and is the first of others planned here. A nationwide protest has been called in London on 3rd January which is likely to attract wide support.
Meanwhile Israel presses on continuing to batter Gaza for a third day killing civilians in the process. An attack on a mosque took the lives of several young girls from one family with only one of their daughters surviving.