As Israel ceaselessly bombards the Gaza strip with bombs and prevents humanitarian aid from reaching the people there, many around the world are watching and praying that the senseless brutality will end soon.
Singer Annie Lennox and former fashion model Bianca Jagger have joined together with the former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and comedian Alexei Sayle in asking president-elect Barack Obama to step up and speak out on putting an end to the Gaza atrocity.
Speaking at a press conference in central London, Ms Jagger said: “I would like to make an appeal to president elect Obama to speak up.”
She added: “People throughout the world were hopeful when he was elected and we must appeal to him to ask for the immediate cessation of the bombardment of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip.”
Comedian Alexei Sayle said he was speaking out because it was important for Jewish voices to be heard.
He said: “I want to feel proud of Israel, I want to be proud of my people but I am ashamed.”
Also present at the press conference were the writer Tariq Ali, Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather, Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn and Respect MP George Galloway.
More photos from the press conference can be found here