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News number: 8710170512

18:08 | 2009-01-06

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Global Anti-Israeli Protests Continue

TEHRAN (FNA)- Israel's incursions on Gaza have sparked protests all over the world with demonstrators calling for an immediate ceasefire in various countries.



According to press tv, indignation at Israeli attacks and empathy with Gaza residents brought thousands of people in Australia, Thailand, the Philippines, and New Zealand to the streets.

More than 1,000 demonstrators marched through the centre of New Zealand's capital Wellington today to protest Israel's incursion on Gaza.

The protesters urged the New Zealand government to take a tougher stance against the Israeli army's incursion.

Addressing the protesters, Green Party legislator Keith Locke said the people of New Zealand wanted their government to take action.

"I ask Murray McCully [NZ FM] how many bodies of children sticking out of the ruins, how many homes being destroyed, does it take till he will criticize directly what the Israeli government is doing to the people of Gaza," Locke said.

In Thailand, protesters from Muslim communities and Islamic organizations gathered outside the Israeli embassy to voice their anger over the massacre.

"These murderous acts should be stopped immediately. Stop arguing that this is a self defenses or for any other reasons. They should stop further death of the people," said Suvit Satsanapichit, a leader of Thailand's Muslims for Peace.

Australian Jews also could not stand the unfair attacks. Demonstrators including two award-winning novelists and a former federal cabinet minister have signed a statement denouncing Israel's siege of Gaza, heightening tensions within the local Jewish community over the violence.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called yesterday for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza but refused to criticize the Israeli aggression.

Dozens of demonstrators have held a noisy protest outside the Israeli embassy in the Philippine capital Manila over Israeli offensive in Gaza.

The protesters called Israel a puppet of the United States and hoisted posters of dead Palestinian children on Tuesday.

Despite pro-Gaza protests across the world, the Israeli regime remains defiant of mounting calls for an end to its attacks on the populated coastal strip where an Israeli blockade has starved 1.5 people almost to death.

The Palestinian death toll rose to 590 early on Tuesday as Israel's offensive on Gaza enters the 11th day with more than 3000 people wounded in Israeli gunship fire and plane bombings.