Protests

Activists block the entrance to G4S’ offices in Oslo.
(Norwegian Palestine Committee)

Early this morning, a group of activists from the Palestine Committee of Norway blocked the entrance to the offices of the security firm G4S in Oslo. The activists demanded that G4S stop all activities that contribute to the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The blockade adds weight to a petition — signed by 21 Norwegian organizations — which was presented to G4S management last week.

The Palestine Committee writes in a press release:

From Norway – in solidarity
Gaza demonstrations November 17th

The Palestine Committee of Norway arranged several big and small demonstrations in support for our friends in Palestine, and especially the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, Saturday November 17th. In the main cities, Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Tromsø, Lillehammer, Hamar, Narvik, but also in smaller towns, people met to condemn the attacks, the bombing, the killings of civilians, but also to protest against the Israeli occupation.

The slogans for the day were:
Stop Israelis terror on Gaza
End the blockade

This week, once again, Occupation forces invaded Jerusalem's Aqsa mosque compound after weekly prayers Friday, attacking worshipers with stun grenades and tear gas. Several Palestinians have been arrested. 

We will go out today to say in one VOICE

“NO TO POLITICAL ARRESTS”

At 5:00 pm at Manara Square in Ramallah

 

Occupied Ramallah, September 21 2012--On Friday, the youth group Palestinians for Dignity organized a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the European Union Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS) on Tokyo Street, Ramallah in protest of a series of decisions undertaken by the EU to develop trade and diplomatic relations with the occupying state of Israel.

During Israeli Occuaption Forces (IOF) suppression of the weekly march of the residents of Ni'lin, west of Ramallah, dozens of tear gas canisters were fired.  

 

The people of the town of Ni'lin said Friday prayers on their land near the Apartheid Wall and during the Friday sermon the khatib, or person delivering the sermon, stressed the need to stand by the prisoners and called for an end to solitary confinement and the implementation of their demands.  

 

Tuesday, July 3rd, saw in the streets of Ramallah the third demonstration in a row that had been called by the youth. While Saturday's demonstration was aimed to protest the invitation to Ramallah extended by the PNA to Shaul Mofaz, Israeli vice-prime minister and war criminal, Sunday's protest was a reaction to the violent repression of the demonstration the previous day.

The violent repression of demonstrations in Ramallah on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July by Palestinian Authority police demonstrates the increasing unpopularity of the PA's commitment to negotiations and normalisation with the Israeli occupation. After 20 years of failed negotiations, it is impossible to explain the rationale of talks while Israel accelerates the ethnic cleansing of areas C and settlement construction matched with the destruction of Palestinian homes and revocation of residency rights in Jerusalem.

Hebron – 22/6/12 The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) used tear gas and sound bombs to repress a large solidarity march to the village of Susia, in the hills to the southeast of Hebron. The village has experienced multiple cases of house, tent and cave demolitions, leading to the displacement of more than half of the village’s residents, as Settlement associations, who consider the village to be illegal, pressure the IOF to clear the area of Palestinians.

 

Bil’in: Ahmed Abdul Fattah Bernat (19 years) injured his foot and dozens of Palestinian and International activists suffered from temporary asphyxia due to tear gas during the weekly march against the apartheid wall and settlements on Friday. Protestors marched under the banner “Popular Resistance in Bil’in continues” and were met with a hail of tear gas, flash-bang grenades and rubber coated metal bullets as well as being sprayed with chemical imbued “skunk water”.

 

Tuesday 5th of June 2012 marked the 45th anniversary of the Naksa, the day that Israel occupied the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula and the Syrian Golan Heights. To mark this anniversary marches were arranged in various locations across the still occupied Palestinian Territories.

 

Nabi Saleh: The information office of the popular committee in Nabi Saleh reported that 3 children, Mahmoud Shaker al-Tamimi (14 years), and Islam al-Tamimi (16 years), and Muhammad Bilal al-Tamimi (11 years), were wounded by rubber coated bullets during the weekly demonstration against land theft.

Nabi Saleh: During the weekly protest at Nabi Saleh on Friday 18th March, against the wall and settlements, the Israeli Occupation Forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and skunk water at protestors, injuring two Palestinians, Wa'ad Tamimi (15 years), and Walid al-Tamimi (16 years) and one international activist. A choir from Scotland attended the protest and sang songs of solidarity at the front of the procession.

Hassan Kharajeh, Stop the Wall's youth co-ordinator, has been especially active in mobilizing young Palestinians to oppose the occupation. He spoke to Eoin O’Ceallaigh, outreach assistant with Stop the Wall, about the role of youth in the hunger strike demonstrations and why today’s generation of youth has Israel scared.

This year’s Nakba protest at Ofar, called for by Stop the Wall and the Independent Youth Movement (Herak Shebabi), has seen up to two thousand people challenging the occupation at the checkpoint outside Ramallah, near the Israeli military prison.

For photos see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stopthewall/sets/72157629740476338/

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.

 

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