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Gazans Pitch Tents on Israel Border Ahead of Mass Protests

World  (tags: Middle East, human rights, demonstrations, protests, Israel, Palestine )

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Palestinians in Gaza pitched tents near the volatile border with Israel on Thursday ahead of a six-week protest camp. The exceptional protest is dubbed "The Great March of Return" and has the backing of the Gaza Strip's Islamist rulers Hamas.


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Animae C (507)
Friday March 30, 2018, 4:57 pm


Colleen L (3)
Friday March 30, 2018, 9:53 pm
Thanks Freya

fly b (26)
Friday March 30, 2018, 10:23 pm
To be gassed or not to be gassed: that is the question.
March 30, 2018

It is a question that the international community must answer about Friday’s ‘March of Return’ in Palestine.

The stated intention of Israeli authorities to flagrantly breach international law by dropping tear gas from riot control drones inside Gazan territory on this event is deplorable – and preventable.

The ‘March of Return’ sit-in is an entirely non-violent peaceful event being held at several locations along the Gaza border, at a distance of 700 meters from the border fence. Thousands of women and children are participating, along with their menfolk

Organisers have assured that there will be no weapons or guns used during this civilian protest; even stones will not be allowed to be thrown at Israeli soldiers.

Official statements reported in the Israeli and international media leave little doubt that the presence of law-abiding Palestinian women and children exercising their right to assemble in their own country will be met with a wildly disproportionate – and illegal – response from Israeli authorities.

Snipers, army battalions, and the afore-mentioned drones and tear gas have all been readied, and a practice attack using the drones was conducted by the Israeli Border Police on 09 March, 2018 at Shujeiyeh – an attack which was both indiscriminate in its effect, and conducted well inside the Gaza border in a blatant breach of Palestinian sovereignty.

Who knows what gases are being used in these drones? The effects of Israeli tear gas on Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza strongly indicate that they have not merely been using CR, CN, CS and OC gases – what new chemical weapons are being tested on us? And now launched from drones?

Israeli authorities have widely and clearly made known their intention to repeat similar acts and more, in defiance of the prohibition by the traditional Charter system of the use of force in the sovereign territory of another, and in breach of the Geneva and Hague Conventions preventing the use of indiscriminate weapons, particularly against civilians.

These Israeli threats should be condemned by all who uphold the rule of law.

The international community is on notice, and must respond.

Their response must be immediate, and unequivocal: the use of drones to breach sovereignty in order to use indiscriminate weapons which may cause injury to civilians must be soundly, roundly and loudly rejected, and condemned by all with a genuine commitment to international law.

To do otherwise is to invite another holocaust.

Darren W (218)
Friday March 30, 2018, 10:56 pm
Noted and shared news articles over social media.

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 2:36 am
NB - Both Fatah & Hamas supported this movement, but #GreatReturnMarch was neither a Hamas nor a Fatah organised event.

The organisers set out the following:

27 March at 11:13 ·
General Principles of the Great Return March (GRM)

The Palestinian refugees issue is the core of the Palestinian cause. It is the issue of the expulsion of a nation from its original land 70 years ago usingterrorism, to be replaced by a nation who denies the existence of the expelled indigenous nation. Ownership of the land was given to the replacing nationunder the claim that “A land with no people for a people without land’. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their homes and forced to leave their properties to become refugees in various surroundingArab countries and around the world. A new foreign entity was established on the ruins of their societies and homeland known as ‘Israel’.

Despite therecognition of the international community of the right of Palestinian refugeesto return and compensation, as guaranteed by the principles of the International law and international conventions and treaties and relevantUnited Nation’s resolutions, the International community has failed to enforce the relevant resolutions on the return of refugees. Despite the Palestinian refugees’ continuous struggle to secure their rights, the Israeli occupation continues to deny their right of return to their homelands which they were expelled from. Therefore, the refugees decided to take the initiative through peaceful movements and through the Great Return March. This comes as a continuation of the struggle of the Palestinian people for their right of return, the most important of which was the Return March in 2011, the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) in 2012 and the Palestinians’ marches in the areas occupied in 1948 on the 19th of April each year.

Definition of the Great Return March (GRM):
It is an organised public action, based on legitimate legal foundations and clear humanitarian principles, in which the masses of refugees embark on peaceful marches to implement paragraph 11 of UN Resolution 194 and to achieve thereturn of the refugees who were displaced in 1948 to their land, homes and properties. They are armed with firm faith that rights are not lost if pursued and that rights do not diminish with time. They base their movement on the legitimacy of the UN resolution 194 and their right to its application as officially registered refugees in the international organisation.

The GRM adopts the following general principles:

1. It is a sustained and cumulative struggle, not a seasonal or a one-day event. It will only end with the actual return of Palestinian refugees and the sit-in may last for weeks or months.

2. It is a national march in which Palestinians of all ages and various political and social groups and their supporters from the free world meet around the universal issue of the return of refugees and their compensation as a national consensus.

3. It is a humanitarian march calling for the human right of the return of refugees, failure to achieve that right is a justification to continue the march regardless of how long it takes. It has nothing to do with any political deals or offers from any side.

4. It is a legal march based on international resolutions, most notablyparagraph 11 from the UN Resolution 194, which explicitly calls for the return of Palestinian refugees as soon as possible to their villages and towns from which they were forcibly displaced and to be compensated.

5. It includes the various locations of Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jerusalem, the areas occupied in 1948, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and other countries around the world. It aims to peacefully protest at the nearest points to their homes which they were forcibly displaced from.

6. Participants will be from all components of the Palestinian civil society and all political parties or factions that believe in peaceful public resistance as an effective way to contribute to achieving peace and justice based on the restoration of the national rights of Palestinians,foremost of which is the right of return.

7. It is a fully peaceful march from the beginning to the end. It adopts the style of open sit-ins, gradual progress, the construction of tents and the establishment of a normal life near the separation fence with their lands, homes and properties which they were forcibly removed from in 1948. The organisers are keen to invite international media to cover their message to all the world and are keen on the participation of international and human rights organisations to monitor and ensure the march is peaceful.

8. The organisers are keen to spread the culture of public resistance through the peaceful nature of the march and all accompanying events both inside and outside Palestine, and affirm that it is a new form of resistance different to confrontations and throwing stones. To ensure that the march does not deviate from its mission and to prevent anypretexts from stopping it, it is prohibited for the participating individuals and organisations to carry out any acts that violate the law. In Gaza Strip, as a central arena of the movement, it is preferable to start a sit-in 700 meters away from the separation fence to prevent the clash of young people with the occupation forces. Progress will be gradual and in accordance with the discretion of the committees and national bodies in charge, which can be done in stages to prolong the duration of internal and external mobilisation.

9. The civilian bodies supervising the management of the march are decentralised units established in each location/country appropriately. The various units in all locations should coordinate to ensure the success of the project.

10.The only flag to be raised during the march is the Palestinian flag with no partisan slogans, in addition to the UN General Assembly Resolution 194 and humanitarian slogans explaining the just cause of refugees in Arabic, English and Hebrew.

11.Refugees are the responsibility of the United Nations. Therefore, human rights organisations have the task of contacting the United Nations and its international institutions to request their supervision for the marches and to send warning messages to the occupation not to target them.

12. Communication should be made with various activists and solidarity organisations supporting Palestinian rights around the world to create global support for the initiative of the Great Return March. All media, political, legal and solidarity efforts should be mobilised to protect the march from the potential Israeli violence.

The International Coordination Committee of the GRM
March 15th 2018

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 2:43 am
See also:

Palestinian Protesters Dead and Injured in Violent Clash at Gaza-Israel Border (SEE VIDEO)

Haaretz- Opinion: Gaza's Refugees Have Always Haunted Israel. Now They're on the March

Jewish Voice for Peace presentation of plans
(NB - mis-titled! My mistake )

Israel Kills 15 Palestinians in Gaza

fly b (26)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 11:33 am
Thanks, Freya, and Evelyn, for links and comments. **********************************************

"On Friday, Palestinians will demand their right of return in a six-week mass march in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem. "

I just posted in 'offbeat'.

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday April 1, 2018, 4:00 am
Tell Israel to Stop Firing at Peaceful Protesters!

Sue H (7)
Sunday April 1, 2018, 12:04 pm
Prayers Up for Peace.

fly b (26)
Sunday April 1, 2018, 4:58 pm
Palestinian Land Day And Why It Matters Today. VIDEO - Israel's Next Move: To Annex The West Bank.

The 1948 Nakba, or catastrophe when 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their houses, towns, and cities is ongoing.

Every March 30th since 1976 Palestinians commemorate Land Day to honor their struggle to hold on to their land and to their national identity in an increasingly hostile context.

Historically, Land Day remembers the day when Israeli soldiers shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel who were protesting the expropriation of roughly 2,000 hectares of privately-owned Palestinian land in the Galilee to build Jewish communities.

On that day Palestinians within Israel, from the Galilee to the Negev, in the West Bank, Gaza and in refugee camps held strikes and street protests against the confiscation.

Today, Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank continue to struggle to maintain ownership of their land, and Palestinian refugees continue to be denied their right to return while Jewish people from around the world, with no connection to the land, can claim citizenship and settle in Israel or in Jewish settlements of the West Bank.

This year, the entire Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in Southern Israel is scheduled to be destroyed between April 15 and 29. The Jewish community of Hiran will be built on its ruins. The destruction of Umm al-Hiran will displace at least 350 Palestinians

In the Jerusalem governorate of the West Bank, the Bedouin town of Khan al-Ahmar is also facing demolition. The area where the Bedouin enclave has historically existed has been surrounded by two Jewish settlements, Maale Adumim and Kfar Adumim. Maale Adumim is one of Israel’s largest settlements in the West Bank; plans to connect it to the occupied city of Jerusalem has warranted new threats of displacement for Bedouins.

Furthermore, recent declarations of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel is another reminder that the 1948 Nakba, or catastrophe when 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their houses, towns, and cities is ongoing.

For these and other reasons, Friday an estimated 100,000 Palestinians will commemorate Land Day by installing tent cities in the border between Gaza and Israel. Israeli occupation forces have already announced they are deploying sharpshooters in response to the protest.

fly b (26)
Monday April 2, 2018, 4:45 am
2 April, Washington, DC: Rally for Gaza – Speak Out Against Israel’s Criminal Actions.

Monday, 2 April
4:00 pm
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC


Organized by CODEPINK

Winn A (179)
Monday April 2, 2018, 11:30 am
prayers . . . . . . .

Roberto M (88)
Tuesday April 3, 2018, 7:23 am
noted thanks

fly b (26)
Tuesday April 3, 2018, 3:18 pm
VIDEO - Pres. Abbas slams Israel for attacking protesters. 7:12

fly b (26)
Wednesday April 4, 2018, 9:07 am
Israeli leaders ordered “calculated” killings of Gaza protesters. 3 April 2018

"The death toll from 30 March has now risen to 18 – the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza.

These include 14 Palestinians killed when Israeli forces opened fire on thousands of people taking part in rallies along the Gaza-Israel boundary protesting Israel’s siege of the territory and demanding the right for refugees to return to lands from which they were expelled by Israel.

Approximately 1,400 were injured, including around 800 people hit with live ammunition."

"Israel has for its part already stated that there won’t be an internal inquiry and it won’t cooperate with any international investigation.

Moreover, Lieberman and Netanyahu have praised soldiers for their roles in the slayings.

Israel has threatened Palestinian civilians with even more violence."

fly b (26)
Thursday April 5, 2018, 10:21 am
Take Action: Petition to Bernie Sanders: Condemn the Land Day Massacre — No Arms for Apartheid Israel

The following petition to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was initiated by Jews for Palestinian Right of Return. You can sign on to the petition here:

April 4, 2018

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Letter from a Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. courageously condemned the Vietnam War, declaring, “For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”

On this, the 50th anniversary Dr. King’s assassination, we follow his example by condemning Israel’s premeditated massacre of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza on March 30, 2018, which left at least 17 dead and 1,400 wounded — some of them shot in the back by snipers while fleeing.

They were among 30,000 participants in the Great Return March demanding their right, enshrined in UN Resolution 194, to return to homes from which they were expelled during the 1948 Nakba (Catastrophe) that created the Israeli settler-colonial state.

“I will not whitewash colonial violence by describing it with benign terminology,” says Palestinian-American scholar Steven Salaita about the massacre. “It is cruel, depraved, gratuitous, racist, and genocidal.”

The massacre took place on Land Day, which commemorates Israel’s 1976 killing of six Palestinians during mass protests against land theft, and is part of Israel’s crippling twelve-year siege on Gaza, including the military assault in 2014 that murdered 2,200 Palestinians, including 500 children.

By weaponizing Israel to the tune of $3.8 billion a year, the U.S. government — with virtually unanimous bipartisan support — shares full responsibility for all these crimes.

Evoking memories of racist violence at Sharpesville, South Africa in 1960 and Selma, Alabama in 1965, this latest massacre exposes the innate inhumanity of the entire Zionist project, while only strengthening refugees’ resolve.

“Being a Palestinian and standing up for our rights has meant sacrifice since our first displacement in 1948,” explains Rana Shubair. “My family and I will not back down.”

More than ever, in solidarity with this popular resistance, we call on all people of conscience to support the full Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions platform, which demands an end to Israeli occupation and apartheid, full equality for Palestinians, and — what BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti describes as “absolutely the most significant right in the BDS call” — refugees’ right to return to their homes and lands.

From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

Angela J (61)
Thursday April 5, 2018, 9:08 pm

fly b (26)
Saturday April 7, 2018, 7:49 am
SOLIDARITY - Events for April 2018
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