Protests

Place: Gathering at the petrol station in Beituniya (Ramallah)
Date: Tuesday 15th May 2012
Time: 1 pm
On the 64th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe), the Independent Youth Movement Herak Shebabi and Stop the Wall have called for a mass demonstration to converge on Ofer prison in the West Bank.

 

Groups of Palestinian activists demonstrated on Sunday in front of a number of international organizations’ offices in Gaza to protest their silence regarding the Hunger Strike of the Palestinian prisoners.

The activists demonstrated in front of offices of the Red Cross and United Nations and blocked staff from entering for several hours, displayed banners calling for an end to the prisoners’ sufferings and denouncing the international silence.

Every day the support for the Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails spreads, creating national unity in solidarity with their protest. As groups across Palestine show their support, it becomes more apparent how pivotal this strike is in terms of the wider struggle – it is becoming a rallying point, a symbol of national cohesion reminiscent of the Intifadas. Despite internal disputes, unity is being displayed by Palestinians across the country in the face of Israeli occupation and repression of all shows of support of the prisoners.

 

The headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ramallah was closed on Thursday by a group of determined Palestinian activists, which included many family members of the hunger striking prisoners. The protestors see the ICRC as “complicit with Israeli policies of occupation”. This closure is part of the escalating campaign against international organisations in Palestine whose silence is seen as complicity.

Bil'in:  Around 100 protesters gathered to protest the colonial apartheid Wall in Bil’in and show support for the ongoing hunger strike in Israeli jails. In response dozens of tear gas canisters and flash-bang grenades were launched into the crowd, setting fire to many acres of land and more than 20 olive trees.

 

On 2nd August 1981, the Irish revolutionary and member of the Irish parliament in the south, Kieran Doherty, died after 73 days on hunger strike. Along with nine other prisoners, he started a hunger strike to protest the policies of the British state in the north of Ireland and the conditions of Irish Republican political prisoners. Of the ten Irish martyrs, Kieran Doherty’s survived for the greatest length of time, with his other comrades dying after between 46 and 71 days.

 

At 7am, Wednesday 9th May, around 50 Palestinian activists blockaded and shut down the principal office of the United Nations in Ramallah, Occupied Palestine. They were protesting the failure of the UN to fulfill its mandate and to hold Israel to account for its repeated violations of International Humanitarian and International Human Rights Law.

On the 17th of April, Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, 1500 prisoners held in Israeli jails began a open ended hunger strike  protesting the use of administrative detention, strip searches, the denial of access to education, the prevention visits, and demanding an end to solitary confinement and other human rights abuses practiced in the Israeli jails.

This Friday the demonstrations against the Wall and the settlements across the West Bank were dedicated to the ongoing struggle of the Palestinian prisoners. The protests have supported the brave hunger strike of the prisoners and called for international solidarity. 

 

On Saturday, April 28th, the grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall campaign organized mass march in Jayyous Village (Qalqilya district) in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners, some 2500 of whom are on hunger strike since April 17.

-          For live streaming from Qalandiya, please watch: http://qik.com/freepalestinelive

-          For updates on the various protests in the West Bank, please follow @stopthewall twitter

Ni’lin: Israeli soldiers repressed the weekly popular march in Ni’lin, west Ramallah, as they threw dozens of tear gas bombs.

Yet another martyr, Talat Ramia, 23 years old, killed by the Israeli military with live rounds on his chest last Friday. The protest during which he was killed happened in ar Ram, a suburb of Jerusalem, in reaction to Israel’s threats against the al Aqsa mosque.The latest escalation came as a result of inflammatory statements from Israeli hard-liners threatening to destroy the mosque and build in its place a Jewish Temple.Ibrahim, an eyewitness to the events in Al Aqsa on Friday explains how the events unfolded:

In the mass protest in Hebron this Friday, Palestinian member of Knesset Mohammed Baraka was injured in his right leg and dozens of other Palestinians suffered further injuries as the occupation forces were shooting tear gas and sound bombs into the crowd to disperse the demonstration. The protest was called by the political forces in the governorate of Hebron, the Stop the Wall Campaign and the Committee for the defense of Hebron in the eighteenth anniversary of the massacre in the Ibrahimi Mosque.

 

This morning over a thousand people gathered in front of the Red Cross building in Ramallah/Al Bireh to join the protest organized by the Palestinian youth movements and political parties in solidarity with Khadr Adnan and all Palestinian political prisoners.

The protest was organized in conjunction with a general strike proclaimed from noon time to 2 pm.

Two protests have been held today in Palestine to protest a French-Israeli military deal. A wide variety of youth organizations has organized the protests to oppose the French acquisition of $500 million worth of drones from Israeli Airspace Indistries.

 

Some 30 people gathered in Jerusalem in front of the French consulate and only hours later some 50 people protested in Ramallah in front of the French cultural center.

 

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