In +972 magazine*, Joshua Leifer reports that some 300 Israelis protested along the Gaza border last Saturday in solidarity with the Great Return March demonstrations in Gaza that began a day earlier.
The organizers of the Gaza return march had said explicitly that the protest was meant to be nonviolent. But even before the march began Israeli security forces launched a public campaign describing it as a violent, Hamas-sponsored event. The Israeli army’s chief of staff announced the deployment of 100 snipers, and Israeli generals warned ahead of time that there would be Palestinian casualties.
The Israeli solidarity protest was organized by the Coalition of Women for Peace. Founded in November 2000, after the outbreak of the Second Intifada, CWP today is a leading voice in the Israeli peace movement, bringing together women from a wide variety of identities and groups. CWP is committed to ending the occupation and creating a more just society, while enhancing women’s inclusion and participation in the public discourse.
On Friday, Israeli troops killed at least 15 and wounded 1,400 demonstrators taking part in the first day of the “Great Return March,” 45 days of protests and events planned to mark 70 years since the Nakba. On the Gaza side of the border fence, Israel forces reportedly wounded 25 Palestinian demonstrators on Saturday, though the Israeli army did not report a single injury among its troops.
“I don’t know what to say. There was no justification for what they did to us,” Hasan al-Kurd, one of the organizers of the Gaza return march, said after the protest ended on Friday. “I saw children and entire families standing more than half a kilometer from the fence and they still shot at them. Why? What threat do children standing hundreds of meters away pose to tanks and armed soldiers?”
*+972 Magazine is a blog-based web magazine that is jointly owned by a group of journalists, bloggers and photographers whose goal is to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of events in Israel and Palestine. The collective is committed to human rights and freedom of information, and we oppose the occupation. However, +972 Magazine does not represent any organization, political party or specific agenda. Its name is derived from the country telephone code shared by Israel and Palestine. Read the full article here: https://972mag.com/following-deadly-march-hundreds-of-israelis-rally-for-gaza/134256/