“It’s genocide”: protesters criticize Israel, support Palestinians

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“It’s genocide”: protesters criticize Israel, support Palestinians


Protesters marched around the world in support of Palestinians amid the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence since the Gaza war in 2014.
At least 140 Palestinians, including 39 children, have been killed after Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza earlier this week.

On Saturday, Israel targeted a refugee camp in Gaza where at least 10 Palestinians were killed.

Demonstrations took place in major cities around the world, including Doha, London, Paris and Madrid.

Iraq

Hundreds of protesters gathered in cities across Iraq to stand in solidarity with the Palestinians.

Protesters waved Palestinian flags and banners in five provinces during rallies demanded by influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Protesters gathered in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and the southern provinces of Babylon, Dhi Qar, Diwanieh and Basra to show their support.

Iraqi protesters wave Palestinian flags during a demonstration to show solidarity with the Palestinian people amid an outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Baghdad [Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters]

Qatar

In Doha, thousands of people waved flags and displayed messages of solidarity with the Palestinians.

“I take a stand against the genocide perpetrated by Israel in our country. We will do whatever it takes to liberate our country… Since we cannot be there in person, we are here for this demonstration today… I am very angry, very sorry for what is happening ”, Reem Alghoul , Palestinian living in Doha, told Al Jazeera.

In Doha, thousands of people gathered at the Imam Muhammad Abdel-Wahhab Mosque waving flags and showing solidarity with the Palestinian people [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

France

Hundreds of people converged in the Barbes district, north of Paris, amid a large security presence of some 4,200 officers.

Paris police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the organized rally despite the ban by authorities, who feared an upsurge in anti-Semitic violence amid the worst violence between Israel and Hamas in years.

A handful of trash cans were set on fire and stones and other projectiles were thrown at the police, but no arrests were reported.

People wave Palestinian flags at rally in support of Palestinians amid outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence [Benoit Tessier/Reuters]

Spain

In Madrid, some 2,500 people, many of them young people wrapped in Palestinian flags, marched to Puerta del Sol Square in the city center.

“It’s not a war, it’s a genocide,” they chanted.

“They are killing us,” said Amira Sheikh-Ali, a 37-year-old woman of Palestinian origin.

A man holds a flag during a demonstration in support of Palestinians amid the ongoing violence, in Puerta del Sol square, Madrid [Juan Medina/Reuters]

Lebanon

Hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinians demonstrated along the border between Lebanon and Israel, some scaling a border wall and unleashing Israeli fire that injured one person.

Some protesters threw Molotov cocktails and stones over the wall during a demonstration on Saturday in the Lebanese border village of Odayseh, where hundreds marched, waving Palestinian and Lebanese flags, as well as yellow banners. of the Hezbollah group.

Lebanese and Palestinians from all over Lebanon marched to the border to protest the Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Protests at the Lebanese-Israeli border [Kareem Chehayeb/Al Jazeera]

Cashmere

In Indian-administered Kashmir, police cracked down on pro-Palestinian protesters and detained at least 20.

A number of people carrying Palestinian flags took to the streets of the main city of Srinagar after Friday prayers.

Protesters raised pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel slogans.

Police said they “would not allow cynical collections of public anger to unleash violence, lawlessness and mayhem in the streets of Kashmir.”

“How can we be silent when they [Israel] kill children in Gaza. Every human being on earth should stand up for them. It is about showing humanity and solidarity, but we are not even able to do it because of fear, ”a 25-year-old resident of Srinagar told Al Jazeera.

UK

In London, several thousand demonstrators carrying signs saying “Stop bombing Gaza” and chanting “Free Palestine” converged on Marble Arch to march towards the Israeli embassy.

Crowded crowds stretched along Kensington High Street, where the Embassy is located.

Organizers said up to 100,000 people had gathered for the protest in London; police said they could not confirm any figures.

Pro-Palestinian protesters wave Palestinian flags as they attend protest in London [Henry Nicholls/Reuters]

Germany

Thousands of people marched in Berlin and other German cities following an appeal by the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network Samidoun.

Three marches were authorized in the Neuköln district of Berlin, which is home to a large number of people of Turkish and Arab descent.

Protesters shouted “Boycott Israel” and threw stones and bottles at the police, which led to several arrests. Other demonstrations took place in Frankfurt, Leipzig and Hamburg.

People take part in protest in support of Palestinians in Berlin on Friday [Axel Schmidt/Reuters]

With additional reporting from Rifat Fareed in Srinagar, Showkat Shafi in Doha and Kareem Chehayeb in Odayseh



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