Protesters gather in Brussels to demand sanctions against Israel

Several hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered at the Brussels Stock Exchange building on Friday evening, calling for Belgium to impose sanctions on Israel. 

According to police, around 250 people took part in the protest. The action is part of weekly demonstrations in support of Palestine that have taken place since Israel's invasion of Gaza. 

"With all that is happening around the Eurovision Song Contest and in Rafah, it remains important to mobilise against Israel," said organiser Riet D'hont. 

"But we are also here today to congratulate all the students around the world, in the United States, in Ghent, at the ULB and the VUB," said D'hont, referring to the occupations taking place at several Belgian universities.

The demonstrators are demanding that the Belgian government impose clear sanctions against Israel. "Sanctions now, from Belgium and from Europe," said D'hont. "There needs to be an arms embargo."

The demonstrators are also calling for an academic boycott and a boycott of products produced in the occupied territories. "We must continue to support these demands. Not with words, but with deeds. Cut economic ties with Israel," she said.



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