Protestors’ Message Delivered to Washington

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Protestors’ Message Delivered to Washington

The protest in Reykjavík against Israeli raids in Gaza

From the protest against the Israel-Palestine conflict in Reykjavík on July 23. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The message of a letter handed to an employee of the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavík during a demonstration against the U.S.’ sale of weapons to Israel yesterday has been delivered to the U.S. government in Washington DC, as stated on the embassy’s Facebook page.

“We had quite a crowd in front of the U.S. Embassy yesterday to convey a message to the U.S. Government about the current situation in Gaza. We greatly appreciate the fact that Iceland is a country where thousands of people can gather to peacefully use their freedom of speech to express their opinions in such a manner.

“This is an issue about which many Icelanders, and many Americans, have very deeply-held opinions based on strong moral convictions. While those of us working at the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik are not in the forefront of shaping policy on this issue, we take seriously our responsibility as representatives of the President of the United States.

“We want to assure all who showed up yesterday that we accepted and read the letter presented to us by Sveinn Rúnar Hauksson on behalf of those gathered on Laufásvegur yesterday. We have delivered this message back to appropriate colleagues in Washington. Thank you,” the statement reads.

Sveinn is the head of the Iceland-Palestine Association.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 people gathered outside the embassy yesterday to take part in the protest.

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