Global protests erupt to defend Gaza

We are asking President Michelle Bachelet to expel Israel’s ambassador, and to end ties with Israel. We want the world to know Chileans have stood against this Israeli massacre,” Mauricio Abu-Gosh, head of the Palestinian Association of Chile, told AFP.

On July 30 Chile and El Salvador recalled their ambassadors from Tel Aviv. The move follows similar actions by Ecuador, Brazil and Peru, who have also recalled their ambassadors.

Bolivian authorities went further in condemning the Israeli violence in the Gaza Strip. Also on July 30, the country declared Israel to be a “terrorist state” and renounced a visa exemption agreement with the country.

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Protesters march in a rally in Sydney against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza on August 3, 2014.(AFP Photo / Saeed Khan)

Canceling the 1972 agreement which allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia “means, in other words, we are declaring [Israel] a terrorist state,” the country’s president, Evo Morales, said.

Paris: Thousands of pro-Gaza protesters march, defying ban

On Saturday, at least 11,500 people flooded the streets of Paris to express sympathy with Palestinians in Gaza and demand that Israeli authorities stop the violence in the region, police sources said, as cited by France-24 TV.

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A girl (C) holds up a placard with an image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally in Sydney against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza on August 3, 2014.(AFP Photo / Saeed Khan)

The crowd was chanting, “Israel go home, Palestine is not yours!” and “Lift the Gaza blockade now!”

“It is important for me and my family to distance ourselves from the occupation [of Palestinian territories] and the Israeli government’s policies,” Ruth, an Israeli citizen from Tel Aviv, told France-24. She joined the protest, carrying posters written in Hebrew.

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Protestors take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Paris on August 2, 2014.(AFP Photo / Kenzo Tribouillard)

The demonstration, however, saw none of the violence that have recently swept the city which prompted French authorities to issue a ban on pro-Palestinian marches in several cities.

The protesters not only expressed their disagreement with French and Israeli authorities, but also their frustration with the international community, saying that they have not reacted to the Gaza violence.

Nearly 50 people have been arrested, local Express newspaper reports, citing a Paris police representative who spoke to Europe 1 radio. It said the arrests were made after a group of demonstrators headed to a Jewish neighborhood as they “clearly trying to provoke confrontations.”

‘This is genocide’: Malaysia joins global protests against Israel

 

Thousands of people rallied in the center of Kuala Lumpur of Saturday to demand an end to the ongoing Israeli assault on the Gaza strip.

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“They are targeting children, women and [even] pregnant women,” Iman Husi, a PhD student at Universiti Islam Antrabangsa (UIA), told the Malay Mail online, “Under the rubble, a baby was found still breast-feeding but the mother was already dead,” “This is not war… this is genocide.”

Protests demanding an end to Israel’s operation in Gaza have been gripping the world for at least two weeks.

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In the latest attack on Sunday, an airstrike by the IDF killed at least 10 people and injured more than 30 others in a UN school in the town of Rafah, southern Gaza, medics said. The missile struck the entrance of the school. Israeli authorities have declined to comment on the incident.

Source | RT

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