Palestine solidarity demonstration in Madrid calls the end of the genocide in Gaza
Madrid, July 18, 2014. Hundreds of people have come this Thursday the center of Madrid, in a demonstration of support for the people of Gaza in which have also denounced the silence and complicity of the Spanish and European leaders.
Demonstrators have protested the horror of the Israeli bombing of Gaza and the slaughter of civilians in Gaza, and recalled that, of the more than 240 Palestinians killed, eighty percent were children, women and seniors.
They believe that the Israeli military operation “is not a war but an operation of collective punishment” in retaliation for the murder of three young Israeli settlers on 12 June, a crime for which Israel accuses Hamas but the party has repeatedly denied and which has not yet been clarified.
Also denounced the call for revenge and racist proclamations, instigated by the government, have spread these days through social networks and the streets of Israel, prompting the attack on the Palestinian population. A position that has already killed a Palestinian teenager, tortured and burned alive by a group of Israeli extremists on July 1 in the neighborhood of Shuafat, East Jerusalem, and that keeps Palestinians in the West Bank and Israel terrified.
They also point out that the white of the Israeli army in the ten days of bombardment of Gaza have been the most populated neighborhoods and cities, displacing more than 17,000 people and destroyed at least 1,200 homes as well as schools, hospitals and mosques.
The sanitation and water supply in the Gaza Strip, the place with the highest population density in the world (over 4,000 people per square kilometer), have been almost completely destroyed and over 70,000 people have already been without electricity because of the bombing.
“You can not equate the occupier with the occupied,” they insist.And remember that “Israel violates dozens of UN resolutions and systematically violate International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights of the Palestinian People” with the construction of illegal settlements and imprisoning thousands of Palestinians in its prisons “without charge or trial.”
Also condemn the Israelis responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity have not been processed and committing such atrocities “with the complicity of the Spanish and European leaders.” They ask you to break the preferential agreements with Israel and even diplomatic relations, to put pressure on Israel to immediately stop the military offensive that kills hundreds of civilians in Gaza.
In Israel, however, does not even recognize the existence of civilians. “They are enemy combatants,” he said in his Facebook account Knesset parliamentary Ayelet Shaket, the Zionist Jewish Home party, who called on 7 July to end the mothers of the “martyrs” Gazans and destroying their homes “for not to bring the world smaller snakes. ” “Let all their heads end up covered in blood,” he concluded.
The Madrid demonstration has been called by more than thirty organizations and groups, including the Coordinating 25S, Izquierda Unida, EQUO and UGT and CCOO unions. In front of the banner was the Ambassador of Palestine in Spain, Musa Amer Odeh, who wanted to thank the support of the Spanish people to the Palestinian people, and others known in Spanish politics as Cayo Lara, Gaspar Llamazares or Juan Lopez de Uralde.
As protesters protesting in major Spanish cities, across the Mediterranean Israeli army returned to bomb the Al Wafa hospital in Gaza, as it did last Friday, the same hospital that served dozens injured in Israeli attacks the last days and in a group of 17 international humanitarian activists had formed a shield.
Just hours later, Israel announced the addition of another 10,000 reservists mobilization and the start of a ground incursion into Gaza that started tonight.
A thousand people is manifested in Barcelona to support the people of Gaza and against genocide Barcelona, July 18, 2014. Barcelona hosted the biggest of demonstrations on Thursday in various Spanish cities in solidarity with the Palestinian people .In festive atmosphere and waving Palestinian flags, Syrian, Algerian, Iraqi and many other nationalities, at least a thousand people marched yesterday from the city center to protest against the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip that has killed more 250 Palestinians. The protesters, including the Deputy Joan Tardà ERC and ICV national coordinator were Joan Herrera, also asked the Catalan Generalitat end its “complicity” with the Israeli regime.
Concentration in Madrid in solidarity with the Palestinian people Madrid / Ramallah, June 10, 2014. A rally called by several groups, including the Palestine Solidarity Platform of Madrid, met yesterday afternoon hundreds of people in the central square Callao, in a massive show of support for the Palestinian population. Since the June 12 disappeared three Israeli settlers, found dead 18 days later between the Palestinian city of Hebron and Gush Etzion colony, Israel has intensified its attacks on the Gaza Strip and West Bank incursions. In recent weeks there have been more than 100 bombings in the Gaza Strip that have left a total of 35 fatalities, including 12 children, and there have been more than 190 raids on towns and villages in the West Bank, where the military campaign Israel has killed 13 civilians and where it has over 500 imprisoned Palestinians. In this context, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the judgment of the International Court of Justice in The Hague declared illegal the West Bank Wall and Israeli settlements in the occupied July 9, 2004, territories several cities around the world convened yesterday demonstrations in support of the Palestinian people.Protesters denounce the collective punishment that Israel applies in the occupied territories and demanding an end to Israeli impunity and enforcement of the judgment, requiring the dismantling of the Wall and settlements in occupied territories. In Madrid, the protesters held a minute of silence in solidarity with the victims of the Israeli army, and then demand respect for human rights of the Palestinian people shouting “Gaza bleeding and the world watching,” “is not a war, it is genocide “and” we are all Palestinians. ” The organizers also read a manifesto condemning the disproportionate response of the Israeli government, which they accuse of opportunistic and “not taking responsibility that corresponds to the death of the settlers” and invited those present to break down the wall that own symbolic protesters had built with cardboard boxes in the center of the square. There have also been demonstrations and acts of solidarity in Barcelona, Valencia, Salamanca and major European capitals and throughout Palestine.Even the 1948 Palestinians living in Israel have joined this time the protests, particularly intense in most Arab cities like Nazareth and other locations in northern Israel, where the Israeli military has cracked down hard on demonstrators. Most of the protests was that on Wednesday toured the streets of Ramallah to denounce the military offensive of the Israeli army on Gaza, an operation dubbed as “ethnic cleansing” and considered “absurd and unnecessary”. “Israel justifies its attack for defensive reasons but his defense is against a population of refugees created by the State of Israel itself and confined himself to the band,” explained the organizers.Palestinian demonstrators marching ended the Israeli settlement of Beit El, on the outskirts of Ramallah, where there was another confrontation with the Israeli army. A total of 11 Palestinians were wounded, one of whom was shot in the eye in a clash in which journalists and paramedics were also hit by rubber bullets and tear gas grenades.
Palestine Autonomous urges not to collaborate with Israeli apartheid Madrid, March 5, 2014. Among the conference ‘Against Israeli Apartheid Week’ has offered the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), this morning was held at the Faculty Science talk on the jurisdiction of the ICC offered by Chantal Meloni, Professor of International Law at the Universita degli Studi di Milano and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and member of the legal team that promotes the trials of war criminals israelíes.Meloni has addressed war crimes occurred systematically in Palestine since its military occupation by Israel. The lawyer, who for a long paper has shelled legal questions of the conflict, has stated that these violations do not occur only in Palestine, but also between people of Palestinian origin who resides in Israel, amounting to 20% of its population. Self Organized by Palestine and with the support of the Coordinating Canto Blanco, this activity aims to inform and discuss the problem with the entire university community and show support for the academic boycott UAM within the global campaign Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions ( BDS). More than 200 organizations of Palestinian and Israeli society promote this project, which aims to universities around the world to divest Israel and suspend academic relations “as they do not dissociate from the policies of apartheid and occupation and act Israel to abide by UN resolutions. “
Raji Sourani: “The criminal siege of Gaza has the approval of the international community” . Madrid, January 8, 2013 The President of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Raji Sourani, has offered this afternoon a conference at the Ateneo de Madrid with reason for your visit to Spain. Recently awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize for Human Rights and after 37 years working in this area in the Arab country, the Palestinian spoke to those present about the current situation in Gaza and the West Bank, with particular emphasis on breach of human rights in these territories.The event was also attended Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at the Autonomous University of Madrid and translator, Luz Gomez, who presented the book ‘Palestine lives’. He also spoke Magali Thill, a member of the Solidarity Network Against the Occupation of Palestine (RSCOP), who briefly explained the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel campaign. The event was organized by the RSCOP, BDS Madrid and Section on Civil and Political Rights of the Ateneo de Madrid. The day began with an analysis of the socio-political context generally where human rights are in Gaza by Sourani. “The year 2013 has been the worst, and I’m 60 and I never thought I’d see a time when we were going to go through so much hardship,” began the activist. In his speech complained that “nobody is talking about occupation and independence, and instead life is based on more basic taeras”. After 47 years of occupation, Sourani indicated that the population has reached “a peak of suffering.” “20 years of the Oslo accords, which would guarantee the rights of the Palestinian people ago, and for five of the operation against Gaza, and since then no one has been accounted for war crimes committed there,” he said. The international community was also the target of his criticism, and Sourani accused the West of supporting “criminal siege by Israel” against the Palestinian territories, ensuring that it is a strategy dedicated to hurt Hamas.However, he explained that from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights will find that the isolation of the Gaza only harms civilians, while the Islamic Resistance Movement in its strongest. So, I gave some details of the situation in Gaza, as the 65% rate of unemployment being treated. “We have become a nation of beggars, and not because we are lazy people, but because it is the largest disaster caused by humans in the XXI century, although we have one of the most qualified in the area working classes,” he said. To be responsible is an unprecedented situation: “Gaza has suffered two major conflicts in recent years and all the destruction of homes, schools and hospitals has not been reconstructed. Nor have they been held accountable for civilian deaths and has not been prosecuted for those who carried out these attacks. ” Thus, in his opinion, “the criminal siege of Gaza has been institutionalized and also has the blessing of the international community.” Regarding judicial proceedings conducted after Operation Cast Lead, which Israel attacked Gaza by air, land and sea between December 2008 and January 2009, Sourani said that after 1,047 complaints filed in Israeli courts, only four people have been judged, “and one for stealing a credit card to a Palestinian, which gives us an idea of the situation,” he quipped.Ethnic cleansing and “Judaization” The manager gave some notes in addition to the context in the West Bank. “In Jerusalem we are talking in terms of ethnic cleansing and Judaization of the city”, also telling the continuous creation of new Jewish settlements and disconnection of the population with the rest of the West Bank. “In the West Bank there are around 500 checkpoints, which means complete asphyxiation of any potential social or economic movement and also makes scrolling is mission impossible.” He explained how progress works on “apartheid wall, which is nearing completion,” the expansion of Jewish settlements, land confiscation, demolition of houses and the “almost daily” attacks against Palestinian villages. Nor forget the situation of more than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, they are subjected, as noted, to torture, inhuman or periods without medical attention. However, Sourani was optimistic face the future: “We will not make good victims, resistance is not only a right, an obligation, we are entitled to take as established in international law, because otherwise it would reward the criminals. ” The presiding body will continue to work to ensure compliance with human rights in Palestine. “As human rights activists want to continue with this duty to carry assistance to victims and bring to justice those guilty of crimes, especially war.” Meanwhile, Luz Gomez presented the volume ‘Palestinian lives’, a book that, as reported, was founded after the decision makers of the Book Fair in Guadalajara (Mexico) to choose Israel as guest country of honor at the event. It is in the speaking industry, with 270,000 attendees in his edition of 2013’s largest fair. “Integrate Israel in this whole panoply of countries clearly meets standardization policy that has carried out the state of Israel to wash your image and implement what they call Israel’s brand, leading to the show a number of conferences and activities that State where he displayed a completely normal, “he said. With no Palestinian presence or literature in Arabic (Israel has a 20% Arab population and this is an official language in the country), Gomez, along with some of his colleagues, decided to create the book, which contains created Palestinian literature both within and outside the borders of Israel and Palestine. The evening ended with a question time in which the public could interact with the speakers being the most sought Sourani.
Week Begins Palestine in the Arab House Madrid November 26, 2013. The next November 29 the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. For this reason, the Arab Casa de Madrid, in collaboration with the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Spain, organized several activities linked Week Palestine. From today until Friday 29 26 demonstrated the creativity and energy that characterizes the people and institutions will be offered. The inaugural address, Musa Amer Odeh by, Palestinian ambassador to Spain, Eduardo López Busquets, director general of the Arab House, has been made by the diplomat Afif Safieh, which currently holds the post of Palestinian roving ambassador for special missions. The paper title ‘First Person’ has reviewed Safieh own vision on the movements that have occurred to achieve peace in the area. With regard to the conflict situation noted: “We have to stop looking for absolute justice and seek justice possible.” Critical of the international position and aware of the high price to pay if the problem is not resolved in a catchment area for three continents, could not avoid mentioning the U.S. President: “Obama was the ideal candidate to reconcile America with Americans and the world. had high expectations. has not had the courage that the people who had voted. ” During the ceremony, held a tribute to Issam Kamel Salem, first Palestinian ambassador to Spain, died in 1993.’s Current ambassador, Musa Amer Odeh, recalled his dedication to the cause and instilled this fight to his wife and children. Francisca Sauquillo founder and president of the Movement for Peace, present at the event, also had words for Issam Kamel you remember how facilitated a meeting between her and Yasir Arafat prior to the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991. Issam Fares, son of the honoree, received the silver medal that has been awarded the President of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, in recognition of his struggle for his people. The other activities that can be seen during the week of Palestine consist of two concerts Maqamat Al-Quds, an event commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People to be attended by representatives of the Arab diplomatic corps in Spain and an exhibition the work being carried out Riwaq organization focused on culture and heritage.