MORE than 70 people braved sub-zero temperatures in Wrexham on Saturday to protest against the Israeli invasion of Gaza.
Demonstrators joined widespread protests calling on Israel to cease its attacks on the Gaza strip.
This weekend’s rally was organised by Wrexham Peace and Justice Forums as Israeli warplanes launched 60 air strikes and militants fired a barrage of rockets at southern Israel.
About 850 Gazans and 13 Israelis have reportedly died in 16 days of fighting.
North Wales politicians were united in seeking an end to the violence on both sides.
Steve Ryan from the PCS union urged Wrexham people to join a boycott of Israeli goods as he warned another protest could be in the pipeline this weekend.
More than half Israel's exports are to the UK and many are available in local supermarkets.
At the protest, Jill Evans MEP, vice president of Plaid Cymru demanded peace and justice for Palestinians.
She said: “All over Wales people have demonstrated their solidarity with the people of Gaza and expressed their anger that the world has allowed the slaughter to continue.
“I have been to Gaza and I have seen the appalling conditions under which people have lived for so long. Now, with the Israeli invasion, they have died in their hundreds.”
She added: “Plaid Cymru has called for urgent action to end the attacks on Gaza – an area smaller than Wrexham but with a population of 1.5 million.
“But words are no longer enough. The time has come for action. Which is why I have been calling on the European Union to suspend Israel’s privileged trade agreement with Europe.”
The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, who is calling for help to fund frontline medical services in Gaza after financially supporting a mobile dental unit there, said: “I am very concerned about the people in Gaza, including those we in the Church in Wales have worked with through the mobile dental clinic we fund.
He added: “We have heard that it has now become too dangerous for our clinic, which was being used as a frontline hospital dealing with casualties, to continue its work.
“It is tragic that there is so much violence in an area known as the Holy Land.”