Amid New Reports Of Teen Shootings, Thousands Call For Peace In Palestine

Israeli police stand near the body of a Palestinian who, according to the police, stabbed two police officers, then other police forces opened fire and killed him, but also wounded one of their own, at the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem's Old City, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Palestinians carried out two stabbing attacks in Jerusalem on Saturday before being shot dead by police, while another two Palestinians were killed during a violent demonstration near the Gaza border fence. The violence, including the first apparent revenge attack by an Israeli Friday and increasing protests by Israel's own Arab minority, has raised fears of the unrest spiraling further out of control. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israeli police stand near the body of a Palestinian who, according to the police, stabbed two police officers, then other police forces opened fire and killed him, but also wounded one of their own, at the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

While tensions between the Israeli army and youth protesters neared an apparent breaking point, thousands of protesters rallied outside the Israeli embassy in London on Saturday to declare solidarity with Palestinians amid this “escalating attack” on their rights and lives.

The London demonstration, which is one of over 60 actions scheduled this week, comes amid new reports of three Palestinian teens shot dead after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli settler and Israeli border police.

“Palestinians are living under a brutal military occupation,” declared the London protest organizers, citing the uptick in violence this month following new controversial policies surrounding the al-Aqsa mosque and the recent order for Israeli citizens to arm themselves against Palestinians. Forty Palestinians and seven Israelis have been killed since the beginning of the month.

The statement continues:

Al-Aqsa mosque is under attack. Israeli soldiers are firing live bullets at unarmed protesters and executing Palestinians in the street. Israeli mobs are marching through the streets of Jerusalem chanting “death to Arabs”. Israeli police are sealing off Palestinian areas of Jerusalem. Armed settlers, living on land stolen from Palestinians are on the rampage, attacking Palestinian men, women and children. Israeli politicians have openly called for their citizens to carry weapons. And Palestinians in Gaza are being bombed and killed in their homes.  We have come together to oppose this escalating attack on Palestinians.

“Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Atheist, religious and non-religious people all stand together on this protest,” organizers note, making a point to condemn racism in “any form.”

The protests come days after the Israeli government enacted a series of harsh policies in occupied East Jerusalem, including increased checkpoints and other punitive measure, that particularly targeted Palestinian youth and protesters.

RT has this live stream of the London action while other large demonstrations were reported in Sydney, Australia on Saturday and San Francisco, California on Friday evening.

Meanwhile, other updates are available on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SolidarityWaveBDS%20OR%20%23palestine

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