Protests against the Israeli invasion of Gaza continued in Birmingham over the weekend in the build up to Monday night's emergency public meeting at the Council House.
Demonstrators also claimed companies, such as Caterpillar, should look at their own part in the attacks for supplying Israelis with equipment, such as bulldozers that are now flattening Palestinian homes.
Simon Furze, a member of the Stop the War Coalition in Birmingham, said: “These protests are to help build up interest in the public meeting.
“It is very important that we keep the pressure on the Government and ordinary people’s consciences.
“Companies in Britain are reticent about their part in the slaughter going on. Those providing machinery are implicit. Caterpillar for example, whose bulldozers are being used to pull down homes by the Israelis. It’s appalling.
“What is going in Gaza is an uneven contest with some of the poorest people in the world being bombed and prevented from getting food, fuel and medicine.
“We plan to lobby the Council and MPs to come to a resolution that it will support the Palastinians trying to keep their country and condemn what the Israelis are doing in Gaza. The Israeli proposition of a buffer zone is just another land grab.”
The emergency meeting in Birmingham Council House at 6.30pm has been organised by the Stop the War Coalition, the Palestine Solidarity campaign and West Midlands Palestinian Community Association.
It will include speeches from Respect’s Coun Salma Yaqoob, Liberal Democrat Coun Ayoub Khan, Labour’s Coun Tahir Ali and John Rose, author of The Myths of Zionism on why they believe Prime Minister Gordon Brown should support an Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza strip.
They also hope to gain backing from other Birmingham city councillors to send a message to Mr Brown.
Dozens of people gathered outside Waterstones, in High Street, in Birmingham city centre, on Sunday to protest.
It follows 300 protestors coming together at the Bullring in Birmingham city centre on Friday and 5,000 people from the Midlands joining fellow campaigners in London for the a protest march of more than 50,000 people through the capital on Saturday.
Israeli Troops invaded Gaza on Saturday following a week long bombing of the region, killing 480 people in Gaza and wounding at least 1,700, accoding to Gaza health officials.
A ground offensive also started on Sunday when bursts of machine gun fire rang out as troops aimed to track down Hamas fighters.
Hamas said only three of its fighters had been killed, and Gaza health officials said eight civilians also died, including a 12-year-old girl in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya and four family members killed in an airstrike in southern Gaza.
The European Union has pledged to provide £2.9 million in urgent humanitarian aid for Palestinians in the Gaza area.
It says the aid - food, emergency shelter repairs and medical aid - will be provided through the United Nations to Gaza Palestinians.
EU Development Affairs Commissioner Louis Michel said in a statement today that Gaza’s 1.5 million population rely on supplies from outside for their survival.
Mr Michel said that, with every passing day, their situation is becoming more desperate.
He called on “the Israeli authorities to respect their international obligations” and let the aid through.
Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak has predicted a long and difficult campaign in Gaza, saying: “We do not seek war but we will not abandon our citizens to the ongoing Hamas attacks.”
Hamas threatened to turn Gaza into a “graveyard” for Israeli forces.