Gazans plan tent city protest along Israeli border
SAID KHATIB (AFP)
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip announced their intention to stage a six-week-long tent city protest along the Israeli border next month in a bid to demand for Palestinians “right of return” to Israel, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
Ahmed Abu Ayesh, one of the organizers of the planned demonstration said that thousands of people will move to tents “at the nearest, safe point from the border.” The United Nations have been informed about the protest set to begin March 30.
The commencement day is set to coincide with annual “Land Day” which commemorates the death of six Arab citizens of Israel, said to be killed by Israeli security forces during demonstrations 1976 over government land confiscations.
It will end on May 15, the day Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” which translates as “the catastrophe” marking the day when approximately 760,000 Palestinians, estimated today to number about 5.5 million with their descendants, fled or were driven from their homes. Israel, simultaneously, celebrates this its day of Independence and this year will be marking its 70th anniversary.
May 15 2018 will also coincide with US President Donald Trump’s controversial relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. A move that has been slammed as a “provocation” to the Palestinians.
Upon Trump’s initial announcement of the embassy move, a string of “Day of Rage” protests engulfed the West Bank and the Gaza strip with hundreds of Palestinian protesters taking to the streets to throw stones at Israeli forces along the border, who responded with smoke grenades and rubber bullets.
Israel is often faced with violent protests along the border where riot dispersal methods such as tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition are used against those said to be throwing rocks at them.
Last month four IDF soldiers were wounded -- two seriously -- when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border in one of the most serious incidents on the border of the Hamas-ruled enclave since the Islamist movement and Israel fought a war in 2014.
A statement issued by the coordinating committee for the upcoming protest urged Gazans to partake in the protest, described as a “national project that endorses peaceful resistance as a new way to win our rights, foremost the right of return,” Reuters reported.
Gaza-based group Hamas that presides over the enclave is said to support the protest, alongside a number of other Palestinian factions.
A central sticking point in past failed peace negotiations has been the call for Palestinian refugees to be granted the "right of return." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January expressed opposition to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as perpetuating the plight of the Palestinians.
For the Palestinians, the right for descendants to return to homes is a prerequisite for any peace agreement with Israel, but it is a demand the Jewish state has rejected out of hand.
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reality check, fools. right of return is of the table and will never ever ever happen. go return yourselves to Egypt, Jordan and the other arab countries you festered from!
the only nakba that ever happened was when the arab world invented the fakestinians!
DEFUND terrorist supporting unwra!!!
if the animals get violent leave them with a bunch of bloodied tents