Three year-old Hala al Massri from Gaza is recovering at a home in London after she underwent a heart operation at the Royal Brompton Hospital. She was evacuated from Gaza after doctors discovered she has a "very complex" heart condition.
Accompanied by her mother, she had a three-day journey to London so surgeons at the Royal Brompton could perform the operation. She is now recovering with a host family in London.
A theatre has refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival while it is sponsored by the Israeli Embassy amid the ongoing crisis in Gaza. The Tricycle Theatre in London, which has hosted the festival for the past eight years, had been due to screen at least 26 films as part of the event in November.
But Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the Tricycle, said the festival should not accept funding from "any party to the current conflict" between Israel and Palestinians. She said the theatre offered to use funding from its own resources to replace the festival's sponsorship from the Israeli Embassy in London. But the UK Jewish Film Festival (UKJFF) said the Tricycle's demands were "entirely unacceptable" and it was taking its screenings elsewhere.
Thousands of protesters gathered to call for an end to Israeli military action in Gaza and "justice and freedom" for Palestine. Up to 15,000 people are expected to march through London from Downing Street to the Israeli embassy in Kensington.