BEIT HANOUN, (PIC)– The Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haneyya, told anti-siege protesters at the other side of the Beit Hanoun crossing that the steadfastness of 1948 Palestinians reinforces the steadfastness of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and said that all Palestinians will meet in a liberated Jerusalem.
Haneyya, who spoke to protesters against the Gaza siege over the phone said: “We are proud of the Palestinians from 1948 areas who came today to show solidarity with us.”
He also sent greetings to Palestinian leaders in 1948 occupied Palestine, especially Sheikh Raed Salah.
“The steadfastness of Palestinians inside [the green line] reinforces our steadfastness. We have succeeded in thwarting occupation plans and we are confidant that we will meet at the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem which will remain Arab and Islamic,” he told the protesters.
[ 01/01/2010 – 12:16 PM ]
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Hundreds of Palestinians from lands occupied in 1948 and international activists demonstrated at the Beit Hanoun (Eretz) crossing linking the Gaza Strip with 1948 Palestine to mark the first anniversary of the war on Gaza and protest the continued siege on the densely populated strip.
Demonstrators called for an end to the siege on Gaza and the implementation of the Goldstone report.
They also called for an end to the inter-Palestinian discord and for unity between Fatah and Hamas to face the challenges.
Demonstrators also expressed unity amongst Palestinians in 1948 occupied lands, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
They chanted against the siege and starvation of the people in Gaza and against the US wall of shame being built by Egypt on the Palestinian-Egyptian border.
Ismail Haneyya, the Palestinian Prime Minster in the Gaza government spoke to the demonstrators over the phone and expressed his gratitude and that of the people of Gaza to the demonstrators for their supportive stand.
For his part, Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib, the deputy head of the Islamic movement, who headed a delegation that participated in the demonstration said: “We have come to say to our people in Gaza: we are with you because we are part of you and you are part of us.. we did not come here in solidarity, because we consider ourselves to be part of you, despite being divided by occupation walls.”
He called on the people of Gaza to persevere and not raise the white flag, adding that Gaza represents dignity, defiance and freedom and it has become a symbol for free people everywhere.
Khatib condemned the continued siege on the Gaza Strip and called on Gaza people to persevere as the “dawn of freedom is nigh.”
On the other side of the Beit Hanoun crossing, hundreds of Palestinians and foreign sympathisers held a similar demonstration.
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1948 Palestinians and sympathisers demonstrate in support of Gaza
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