Israel protested in London on 70th Nakba anniversary

12 May, 2018, 23:04 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Israeli airstrikes hit north Gaza Strip

In Jordan, about 7,000 people participated in a "nakba" rally in an area close to the Israeli-occupied West Bank. "We are used to wars and no one with us but Allah".

The "Great March of Return" entered its sixth week in Gaza on Friday as demonstrations reach their climax. Many carried signs reading "Palestinian belongs to the Palestinians" and "Al-Quds belongs to Muslims".

Friday's clashes offered a preview of what will likely be a much larger protest - and possibly a border breach - on Monday when the United States relocates its embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem amid Palestinian outrage. Israel, simultaneously, celebrates this its day of Independence and this year will be marking its 70th anniversary.

Deifallah, who is unemployed like nearly half the Gaza labor force, said he would also join Monday's protest and is not afraid to die.

A senior IDF security official warned that next week's Gaza protests, set to coincide with Nakba Day ('The Catastrophe in Arabic) and the U.S. embassy move, are expected to be the most violent of the string of protests to date, Haaretz reported on Friday. More than 1,700 protesters have been wounded by army fire during that period.

Israel has said it will prevent any border breach and has stuck to its open-fire policies, such as targeting "main instigators" and those approaching the fence, despite growing worldwide criticism. Citing security concerns, Israel maintains tight control over its land and sea borders.

Friday's protest comes just three days ahead of what the Hamas leader of Gaza says will be a march by tens of thousands who could burst through the border fence into Israel.

Sinwar said the mass protest would be "decisive", and vowed that he and other top officials were "ready to die" in a campaign to end the blockade.

Later Friday, vandals burned a fuel complex and a conveyor belt on the Palestinian side of Gaza's main cargo crossing with Israel, causing more than $9 million in damages and disrupting the import of diesel fuel and building materials, the military said. Some of the protesters, mainly youths, brandished wire cutters, a popular tool in weekly attempts to cut through the border fence.

Tension has mounted on the Gaza Strip's eastern border with Israel since March 30, when Palestinians began holding open-ended demonstrations to demand the "right of return" to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948.

In anticipation of the demonstrations this week, the army have begun reinforcing battalions along expected flash points in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli soldiers fired live rounds and volleys of tear gas.

Israel says Hamas uses the marches as cover for terrorist attacks.

This week the IDF has said it will attempt to keep the protesters further away from the fence than they have been in previous protests.

Lauded by many in Israel and seen as a unique achievement of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the USA decision was received with hostility and rage in the Arab world, especially among the Palestinians who began "Days of Rage" to express their displeasure with the move. The Palestinians demand this right not only for those of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who are still alive - a figure estimated in the low tens of thousands - but also for their descendants, who number in the millions.

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