Thousands protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Hassan Shaalan Published: 05.12.12, 08:39)
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Some 12,000 people attend rally organized by Islamic Movement in
village of Qana in support of security prisoners staging hunger
strike. ´Prisoners will be triumphant,´ says deputy head of Islamic
Movement´s northern branch
Some 12,000 people gathered Friday at a football stadium in the
village of Qana, in solidarity with the security prisoners who have
been staging a hunger strike for over three weeks.
The event, which was organized by the Islamic Movement, was attended
by many Arab leaders, including leaders of the Movement´s northern
and southern branches Sheikh Raed Salah and Sheikh Hamed Dabbas, head
of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee Mohammed Zidan, and
prisoners´ family members.
The participants waved Palestinian flags, flags Of the Islamic
Movement and pictures of their jailed relatives.
"We are telling the prisoners to remain steadfast in their positions
and not to give up on their rights, because eventually they will be
triumphant in their struggle," Sheikh Kamal Khatib, deputy head of
the Islamic movement´s northern branch, told the crowds.
"The Festival is being held ahead of the nakba day, which will be
marked on Tuesday," said Khatib, adding that "the government of
Israel thinks we forgot about our nakba and continues to degrade us
through its racist policies," he added.
Khatib also commented on the recently formed unity government: "I say
to (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and (Shaul) Mofaz that we will
not forget that this unity will only bring bad things upon the
Palestinian people. Your position only strengthens us and makes it
clear to us that it is our people´s right to defeat you and end your
Head of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee Mohammed Zidan also
addressed the crowd, saying: "We will continue our struggle for the
Palestinian prisoners; the State of Israel must reinstate their rates
and let them continue serving their prison term in a humane way,
without humiliation." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/12/12)
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