Thousands march for Palestine in Jerusalem

by Yair Altman Ynetnews

Israeli, Palestinian activists march along line that divided Jerusalem in 1967, call for establishment of Palestinian state. Organizers say they will not resort to violence

Some 2,000 people are taking part in a march for the independence of Palestine in east Jerusalem. The organizers of the event have stressed they will not resort to violence. Police forces are deployed in the area.

The march, initiated by the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity movement kicked off at the Old’s City’s Jaffa Gate and is slated to end up at the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where several speeches will be made. Protestors are chanting anti-occupation slogans such as “Shiekh Jarrah and Bilin, free Palestine.”

Hillel Ben Sasson, an activist with the movement, said: “Bibi is not just a peace refusenik but a peace manipulator. The right step is recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN. We have come to prove that Jews and Muslims can march together in east Jerusalem for a better future.”

MK Dov Khenin (Hadash) also joined protesters, and said “the struggle for Palestinian independence is for the future of this country. The government of Israel continues to take unilateral steps, building settlements and refusing to freeze construction. The Palestinians have come to realize they cannot sit idle while this is taking place.

Protesters leave Jaffa Gate (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Categories: Asia, Israel, Middle East, Palestine

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