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'Israel started this war' - Tariq Ali at Gaza rally in London

9 August 2014 Last updated at 16:37 BST

Writer and broadcaster Tariq Ali has attacked Israel at a demonstration in London's Hyde Park.

Protesting against Israel's operation in Gaza, he told the BBC's Mark Sanders: "Israel started this war when three people were kidnapped, not by Hamas, but by some rogue group, so they carried out a war against Gaza to destroy Hamas as they've attempted before....

"When you see images of Israeli citizens standing on the mountains and applauding the bombing, you realise how degenerate Israeli society has become."