September 21: Israeli activists demonstrate next to the Gaza border


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On September 21, around 50 Israeli activists — organized by Return, the Coalition of Women for Peace and Jews for Return — demonstrated in Malaka, located right next to the Gaza border, in solidarity with the Palestinians participating in the Great March of Return for the 26th Friday in a row.

Israeli activists flew Palestinian flags and had a banner that said: “Liberate the Gaza ghetto” and contacted the organisers of the Great March of Return by phone to express solidarity.

We came here today to express solidarity with the Great March of Return and we demand that all the people that were deported from their homes and towns and villages in ’48 be allowed to go back,” said Yossi, an activist from Return.

I wish to say to everybody that we welcome your movement and your steps towards showing your solidarity with us, with our movement to get rid of the misery we are living in in Gaza,” said Issam Hamas, from the High Commission of the Great Return March.

After the demonstration had taken place for about half an hour, the army declared the area a closed military zone and demanded that everyone leave. While the Israeli activists left this time, they promised to come back to stand together with the Gaza people against the siege and their right to a fair and just life.

The Great Return March demands the internationally recognised right of return for Palestinian refugees — and their human rights — to be respected, and for the Gaza siege to be lifted. At least 312 Palestinian protestors were injured during Friday’s protest, including 54 by gunfire, while Karim Mohammed Kullab, 25, was killed. Over 180 unarmed protestors, medics and journalists have been killed during the protests since March 30.

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All our videos are taken by photographer Haim Schwarzenberg, who documents Israeli oppression in various struggles. Please go to his website to discover more of his work.

Call for a general strike joint struggle – Oct. 1st


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General strike in English
Read in العربية

ב1 באוקטובר תתקיים השביתה הגדולה של העם הפלסטיני כולו, בכל מקום בעולם: ב48, בגדה וברצועה, ובגולה. השביתה היא במחאה על חוק הלאום ו”עסקת המאה”. להלן כתבות לקריאה נוספת בערבית באנגלית ובעברית.

September 7: Tea party against apartheid at the Gaza fence


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On Friday afternoon, Gazan protestors gathered for the Great Return March for the 24th Friday in a row, calling for the right to return to their land and for an end to the decade-long siege. At the same time, Return activists approached the fence from the other side.

This week, Palestinian activists invited Return activists to have tea with them and protest in solidarity with the Great March of Return. As the Gaza siege fence and occupying military forces stood between them, Return instead joined the demonstration from the Eastern side with Palestinian flags. In a symbolic gesture, both sides had tea together and spoke over the phone. Eventually, the activists were forcibly removed from the area by soldiers.

This is their land, they invited us over for tea but unfortunately they cannot join us. They are locked in there, trying to get out, so we are just sitting here waiting for them, waiting for our hosts.” –A Return activist

Soon we will have a cup of tea with you, when we cross that fence and when the injustice and the aggression and oppression all goes and fades away.” –Abdel Karim, Palestinian activist

During the protest in Gaza, two children, 17-year-old Bilal Khafaja from Rafah, and 16-year-old Ahmad Abu Toyour were murdered by Israeli forces, while over 210 protestors were injured.  Since March 30, over 18,000 protestors have been injured by Israeli forces during the protests, and over 168 have been killed.

Find out ways to get involved and work in solidarity with the Great March of Return here.

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All our videos are taken by photographer Haim Schwarzenberg, who documents Israeli oppression in various struggles. Please go to his website to discover more of his work.

 

August 31: The 23rd Friday of protests


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Shorouq Abu Musameh, who volunteers with other paramedics to treat wounded Palestinians participating in protests at the Israel-Gaza border, is reflected in a mirror as she adjusts her head cover in the southern Gaza Strip
Shorouq Abu Musameh: REUTERS/Samar Abo Elouf

Among 15 undergraduate nursing students at her class, Shorouq Abu Musameh decided to volunteer and be with paramedics deployed along the border.

“I wanted to do my part in supporting the marches of return,” said Abu Musameh, her white uniform stained with the blood of the wounded. “I say to myself my uniform may protect me, or maybe not.”

– From an interview with injured medic Shorouq Abu Musameh, shot by a live bullet in her back on Friday, by Reuters in May

On Friday, August 31st, Gazans gathered by the fence for the 23rd Friday in a row to demonstrate for their freedom, their rights and for the right to return. About 2/3 of Gaza’s population are refugees of war or their descendants.

According to the spokesperson for the Gaza ministry of health, at least 240 were injured and at least 2 seriously, including a 10 year old boy. Further proving the deliberate targeting of medical workers during the protests, a Palestinian female paramedic, Shorouq Abu Musameh, was seriously injured by Israeli snipers as she was tending to the wounded. Additionally, an ambulance belonging to the Red Crescent was targeted and damaged.

So far, three health workers have been killed and at least 53 injured while providing first aid to the wounded during the Marches, most while wearing clothing identifying them as medics. Overall, at least 166 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the protests began in March and over 18,000 have been injured.

At the same time, the United States announced the cutting of all funding for UNRWA, the UN agency that assists millions of Palestinian refugees.

Get inspired by the perseverance of Gazans and the Great March of Return and show solidarity with their cause. This is the time to act. Use our site to explore ways to get involved and please contact us at greatmarchsolidarity@gmail.com if you have any questions.

The #GreatReturnMarch is a form of popular resistance organized by Palestinian civilians demanding their right to return to their homeland and to break the arbitirary Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.

Help us in spreading the word so Palestinians can regain their fundamental rights to live in happiness and freedom. Our voices combined will make a difference.

– From the Facebook page of the Great Return March

Sources and further readings:
World Health Organization (WHO)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
Al Jaazera
Great Return March Facebook page

 

The Israeli army is shooting medics—you can help!


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Since March 30th, for more than four months, Palestinians have been peacefully protesting along the fence besieging Gaza in the Great March of Return, demanding their right to return to the homes and lands from which their families were expelled 70 years ago.



This call for freedom has come at a great cost. Since the protests began, at least 166 Palestinians have been murdered by Israeli forces, and over 18,000 injured—more than 5,000 by live fire. (updated: 22.08.2019) This includes children, journalists and clearly marked medics.

Just recently, three clearly marked medics have been shot and killed:

  • Razan Al-Najjar was shot in the back while caring for wounded on June 1st 2018
  • Abdallah al-Qatati was shot while on medical duty on August 10th 2018
  • Mousa Abu Hassanein was shot while giving first aid on May 14th 2018

All were wearing medical team vests clearly distinguishing them.

Please share this information! You can:

  • Print out the attached posters and hang them everywhere.
  • Start a conversation at work or with friends.
  • Send the posters and information to press outlets.
  • Share this on social media with the hashtags: #GreatReturnMarch #NotATarget


Help keep the human rights and freedom of Palestinians, and the right to return in the spotlight—and help us in spreading the word.



Inspired by writings from the Great Return March Facebook page and the call to action from Gaza.