Wednesday, November 21, 2012
West Bank demonstrated from day one against Israels onslaught in Gaza
Rushdi Tamimi's funeral.
The Alternative Information Centre inJerusalem writes about demonstrations on the West Bank:
From the first moment of the attacks the Palestinians in the West Bank expressed their full solidarity with Gaza. Daily demonstrations are taking place throughout the West Bank and, unlike during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009, all political parties are involved in the protest marches. This is also the first time in numerous years that Hamas has openly organized such demonstrations, including in the major cities of Nablus and Ramallah. Hamas flags are easily raised in the streets and waved by the demonstrators. Additionally, in many cities and districts throughout the West Bank, Palestinian protesters are going to checkpoints and passages, where they can express their anger at the Israeli massacres in Gaza and also clash with Israeli soldiers.
Every day since November 14, Palestinian youth have demonstrated in front of Israel’s Ofer Prison, located to the west of Ramallah, in Bab ElZawiya in the center of Hebron city, outside Rachel’s Tomb near Bethlehem and by the Qalandiya checkpoint to Ramallah. In cities such as Jenin and Nablus, Palestinians travel extensive distances to protest in relevant positions.
Over a hundred Palestinians have been injured by Israeli soldiers in these West Bank demonstrations, mostly by rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and sound bombs. In many cases Israeli soldiers opened fire and injured demonstrators with live bullets, such as on Tuesday at the Beit Aynon junction, where young Ommar Jamil Frouch was seriously injured.
Rushdi Mahmoud Tamimi, age 28 from the village of Nabi Saleh, died after being injured with live bullets in a solidarity demonstration; Tamimi is considered the first martyr in West Bank protests against Israel’s current attacks on Gaza. On Monday night Hamdi Al-Fallah, age 22 from Hebron, died after he was shot in the chest during clashes with soldiers in the city.A general strike in the West Bank has been announced for Wednesday by the national and Islamic political parties.
Did anybody hear a word of protest from the Palestinian Authority? Or from Mahmoud Abbas?
PS: Ma'an News reports that Isarel arrested 28 people across the West Bak in raids during Tuesday night and Wednesday early morning.