Around 20,000 people gathered in Madrid on Saturday, displaying Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against Israel to protest what they describe as a “genocide” in the Gaza Strip. Carrying banners reading “Stop the genocide in Palestine,” the crowd waved Palestinian and South African flags following the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision, urging Israel to take measures to prevent genocide in Gaza.
Sudan filed a case with the ICJ, accusing Israel of violating the UN Genocide Prevention Convention. The Madrid protest, attended by 20,000 people according to the prefecture of Madrid, featured signs such as “Sanctions against Israel are not visible” and “It’s not a war, it’s genocide.”
Lobna Elnakhala, 54, expressed concern about the dire situation in Gaza, stating, “They have been without water, food, or anything for almost 110 days, with children dying and living in a very difficult situation.” Another protester, María Ángeles Arche, a 61-year-old administrative employee, emphasized the need to continue supporting the cause, stating, “I don’t know where we will end up if we start tolerating and whitewashing these things. So, we have to continue; we have to stay on the streets and keep supporting.”
Spain has been among the most critical voices against Israel in the European Union regarding the conflict triggered by Hamas’ attack on October 7, resulting in 1,140 deaths, mostly civilians, according to Israeli data. Since then, Israeli operations in Gaza have caused 26,257 deaths, mostly women, children, and teenagers, as reported by the Gaza Health Ministry on Saturday.