Almost 28,000 Palestinians, two-thirds of them women and children, have been killed since Israel launched its military campaign in Gaza, following the October 7th attack by Hamas that killed 1,200 people in Israel. More than 100 hostages are still being held in Gaza after Hamas kidnapped more than 200 people from Israel.
On Saturday afternoon, protesters gathered at Luxembourg City's Glacis car park and marched to Place D'Armes with one clear demand: an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Organised by the Committee for Fair Peace in the Middle East (CPJPO), they argued that billions of dollars of US military aid will only worsen the crisis further and must be put to an end. As Israel's trading partner, the EU must pressure Israel on a ceasefire. Financial support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) must be reinstated by all states in order to not worsen the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Media agencies also have a moral duty to mobilise and call for an immediate ceasefire.
Earlier in the afternoon, a vigil was held for the hostages taken by Hamas. Of the 230 people that were abducted from Israel following the October 7th attack, more than 100 are still missing. The rest were released by Hamas in November during a temporarily brokered ceasefire. Photos of the hostages, toys and heart-shaped balloons were set out in remembrance of the hostages still being held by Hamas. These demonstrators demanded that the EU, the Luxembourgish government, humanitarian organisations and the Israeli government intensify pressure on Hamas to release all hostages unconditionally.