EU- and UK-government-funded War on Want – a major charity whose anti-Israel agenda has been the subject of repeated investigations by the UK Charity Commission – publicized a “Remember Gaza” national demonstration in London on May 16, 2009.  The demonstration, which allegedly included 5,000 participants, was organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Friends of Sabeel, ICAHD, Amos Trust, Pax Christi and others.  Speakers promoted boycotts (“and when you’re sipping coca cola, that’s another pistol in the holster of a soul-less soldier”) and demonized Israel (“we’ll never really know how many people are dead…they drop bombs on little girls while they sleep in their beds”).  Participants also chanted “Israel is the terror state.”

War on Want’s publicity for the demonstration repeated false claims and distortions, including that Gaza is “surrounded by 40 foot high walls of iron and steel” and the “people of Gaza are being collectively punished and slowly starved to death.”