‘Genocide’: Protesters attack Israel, support Palestinians | Human Rights News
Since the Gaza War in 2014, Israel and Palestine have had the worst violent conflict. Protesters have marched all over the world to support the Palestinians.
At least 140 Palestinians, including 39 children, were killed after Israel’s airstrike on Gaza earlier this week.
On Saturday, Israel targeted a refugee camp in Gaza, where at least 10 Palestinians were killed.
Protests were held in major cities around the world, including Doha, London, Paris and Madrid.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in cities across Iraq to support the Palestinians.
Convened by the influential priest Muqtada al-Sadr, the demonstrators waved Palestinian flags and banners in five provinces. Demonstrators gathered in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, and Babylon in the south, Dhi Qar, Diwanieh and Basra provinces to show their support.
In Doha, thousands of people waved flags and expressed solidarity with the Palestinians.
“I oppose the genocide carried out by Israel in our country. We will do our best to liberate our country… Since we cannot be there personally, we are in this protest today… I am very angry and very sad about what happened. ,” Reem Alghoul, a Palestinian living in Doha, told Al Jazeera.
In the important security presence of about 4,200 police officers, hundreds of people gathered in the Barbes neighbourhood in the north of Paris.
Despite the authorities’ ban, the Paris police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the rally. The authorities feared the outbreak of anti-Semitic violence during the worst violent conflict between Israel and Hamas in years.
A small number of trash bins caught fire. Rocks and other projectiles were thrown at the police, but there were no reports of arrests.
In Madrid, about 2500 people, many of them young people wrapped in Palestinian flags, marched to Puerta del Sol in the city center.
They chanted: “This is not war, it is genocide.”
“They are killing us,” said Amira Sheikh-Ali, 37, from Palestine.
Hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinians protested along the Lebanon-Israel border. Some of them climbed the border wall and caused a fire in Israel, wounding one person.
In a protest on Saturday in the Lebanese border village of Odayseh, some protesters threw Molotov cocktails and rocks on the wall, hundreds of people waved Palestinian and Lebanese flags, and Yellow banner of Hezbollah organization.
Lebanese and Palestinians around Lebanon have traveled to the border to protest the Israeli attack on Gaza.
In India-administered Kashmir, the police suppressed pro-Palestinian protesters and detained at least 20 protesters.
After Friday prayers, some people holding Palestinian flags took to the streets of the main city of Srinagar.
The protesters put forward slogans supporting Palestine and anti-Israel.
The police stated that “no cynical incitement of public anger to cause violence, illegal acts and riots on the streets of Kashmir is not allowed”.
“When they [Israel] Killing children in Gaza. Everyone on earth should stand up for them. This is to show humanity and unity, but due to fear, we cannot even do this,” a 25-year-old resident of Srinagar told Al Jazeera.
My friend, the talented Kashmiri artist Mudasir Gul, has been accused by the Indian government under the PSA (Public Security Act) for painting work in support of Palestine.#freemudasirgul#freedom of speech#Indiahttps://t.co/mkx9YhkUy7 pic.twitter.com/jlqiSN2R2D
-Mir Suhail (@mirsuhail) May 15 2021
In London, thousands of protesters held placards that read “Stop bombing Gaza” and chanted “Free Palestine”, gathered on the marble arch and marched towards the Israeli embassy.
Kensington High Street, where the embassy is located, was crowded with people.
Organizers claimed that as many as 100,000 people gathered in London for demonstrations. The police said they could not confirm any figures.
Thousands of people marched in Berlin and other German cities under the appeal of the Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network in Samido.
The Neuköln district of Berlin was allowed to hold three parades, where there were a large number of Turks and Arabs.
The protesters shouted “Boycott Israel” and threw stones and wine bottles at the police, leading to the arrest of several people. Other protests were held in Frankfurt, Leipzig and Hamburg.
Additional reporting by Rifat Fareed from Srinagar, Showkat Shafi from Doha and Kareem Chehayeb from Odayseh