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Swedish Solidarity

January 2, 2010

27/12 2009


On the first anniversary of Israel’s war on Gaza, a peaceful torchlight procession moved through the central parts of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, to show solidarity with and call attention to the Palestinian people and the Gaza Freedom March. The torchlight procession started at the Mosque in the southern parts of Stockholm and ended an hour later at the Immanuel Church in the city centre. A hundred torches lit up the dark, winter sky as the procession called for a lift of the siege on Gaza and a free Palestine.


At the Immanuel Church a grand two-hour concert was held in memory and support of the victims of last years’ war on Gaza. The event was also a fundraising event for Ship to Gaza ( It was organized by a coalition of organizations, ranging from the Swedish Fellowship for Reconciliation and Peace and the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden, to Jews for Israeli-Palestinian Peace and the Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden.

The church was filled to the last seat, with people of all ages who came together to support the people of Gaza. Speakers such as the head of the Palestinian General Delegation to Sweden Mr Salah Abdel Shafi, Mr Dror Feiler, chairman of Jews for Israeli-Palestinian Peace and European Jews for Just Peace, and Ms Helle Klein, political editor of the newspaper Aftonbladet, all pointed out that Israel’s war on Gaza as well as the ongoing siege are crimes against international humanitarian law. Renowned musicians such as Carl-Axel and Monica Dominique, Monica Nielsen, Divine and Mousa Elias performed in solidarity with the citizens of Gaza that suffer but nevertheless continue to show resilience. This short clip was screened as well as photos from Gaza during the war and after. A large amount of money was collected to send supplies and solidarity to Gaza through Ship to Gaza.

(Text by Johanna Wallin, Photos by Anna Wester)

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