Jewish community in Leeds gathers in Millennium Square to mark one month since attack on Israel
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In response, Israel has been carrying out strikes on Gaza as well as a ground offensive, which the Hamas-run health ministry says has killed upwards of 10,000 people.
The conflict in the Middle East has prompted both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine demonstrations across the UK, including in Leeds.
This latest demonstration in the city saw posters of each Israeli hostage held up by attendees, as every name and age were read aloud and chants of “bring them home now” rang out.
A visual installation dedicated to the 32 abducted children was displayed, with red heart-shaped balloons, teddy bears and shoes.
An organiser said: “One of the members of our community, whose three family members were murdered and seven people including children were taken as hostages, shared a tearful speech calling for their return.”
They added: “Furthermore, our speech in Hebrew, translated into English, voiced our pain and determination to bring them home now.”
It comes after the President of the Jewish Society at the three universities in Leeds said that Jewish students are facing increasing incidents of antisemitism and a “hostile environment” on campus.