Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Thousands march for Palestine and demand United Kingdom to stop arming Israel

Thousands march for Palestine and demand United Kingdom to stop arming Israel

The AFP journalist on the border saw a number of kites being floated across the border and a fire breaking out inside Israeli territory. Organisers said that they were protesting the "unprecedented attacks to the collective rights of the Palestinian people".

Wednesday's rallies were called to mark Nakba Day, what Palestinians term the catastrophe that befell them at Israel's creation in 1948, when hundreds of thousands fled or were expelled from lands in what is now Israel. Rioters hurled firebombs and stones at Israeli troops, set hundreds of tires ablaze, and tried to infiltrate Israel under the cover of the riots.

The naval forces of Egypt arrested on Sunday evening four Palestinian fishermen off the southern Gaza Strip coast, close to Egypt's territorial waters, Palestinian security sources said.

They also carried keys signifying their determination to return to their original homelands, now occupied by Israel, which they were forced out from in 1948. In the week when Palestinians commemorate their dispossession in 1948, we are marching to send a clear message that we stand in solidarity with them, and to call again on the United Kingdom government to end its complicity with Israel's illegitimate control of Palestinian lives.

The demonstrations also comes just a couple of weeks after Israel was on the verge of another all-out war with Gaza.

Israel's Education Minister Naftali Bennett declined to comment, while Transport Minister Israel Katz did not respond to a query.

A new agreement was brokered which reportedly includes tens of millions of Qatari aid to Gaza as part of a package to ease Israel's crippling blockade of the strip.

This year's Nakba protests were preceded by a surge in deadly cross-border fighting between Gaza militants and Israel which ended in a ceasefire on May 6.

Though Wednesday's protest was more muted than last year's-due to an unofficial deal between Gaza's governing party Hamas and Israel meant to keep casualties down-the violence toward Palestinians using protest as a path to resistance against the occupation has been ongoing.

The European song contest kicked off in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv on Tuesday amid the reported deployment of the country's Iron Dome anti-rocket systems.

Six Israelis have been killed in Gaza-related violence over the same time period. Israel and Hamas, which rules the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, recently exchanged rocket fire.

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