“It’s a genocide”: protesters clash with Israel and support Palestinians Human Rights News

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Protesters have marched around the world to support Palestinians amid the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence since the 2014 Gaza war.

At least 140 Palestinians, including 39 children, have been killed after Israel launched airstrikes against Gaza earlier this week.

On Saturday, Israel went to a refugee camp in Gaza where at least ten Palestinians were killed.

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

Iraq

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Iraqi cities to show solidarity with the Palestinians.

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

Iraqi protesters wave Palestinian flags during a protest to express solidarity with the Palestinian people amid a spate 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 am standing 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, today we are here in this protest … I am very angry, very heartbroken by what is happening “, Reem Alghoul, Palestinian living in Doha, he told Al Jazeera.

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

France

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

Paris police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the rally held despite a ban by authorities, who feared an explosion of anti-Semitic violence during the worst violence between Israel and Hamas in recent years.

A handful of rubbish bins were set on fire and rocks and other projectiles were thrown at police, but no arrests were reported.

People hold Palestinian flags during a protest in support of the Palestinians after an explosion of Israeli-Palestinian violence [Benoit Tessier/Reuters]

Spain

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

“This is not a war, it is a genocide,” they chanted.

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

A man holds a flag during a protest in support of Palestinians amid ongoing violence in Plaza Puerta del Sol in Madrid [Juan Medina/Reuters]

Lebanon

Hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinians have protested along the Lebanon-Israel border, some climbing a border wall and setting off an Israeli fire that injured one person.

Protesters threw cocktails and Molotov cocktails at the wall during a protest Saturday in the Lebanese border town of Odayseh, where hundreds marched waving Palestinian and Lebanese flags, as well as yellow banners from the Hezbollah group.

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

Protests on the Lebanon-Israel border [Kareem Chehayeb/Al Jazeera]

Kashmir

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

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

Protesters raised pro-Palestine and anti-Israel slogans.

Police said it “would not allow cynical public outbursts of anger to trigger violence, illegality and disorder in the streets of Kashmir.”

“How can we shut up when they [Israel] they are killing children in Gaza. All humans on earth should defend them. It’s about showing humanity and solidarity, but we can’t even do it out of fear, “a 25-year-old Srinagar resident told Al Jazeera.

United Kingdom

In London, several thousand protesters carrying banners saying “Stop bombing Gaza” and singing “Free Palestine” gathered at Marble Arch to march on the Israeli embassy.

Crowds stretched along Kensington High Street, where the embassy is located.

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

Pro-Palestinian protesters hold Palestinian flags while attending a protest in London [Henry Nicholls/Reuters]

Germany

Thousands marched on Berlin and other German cities following a call by the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network.

Three marches were authorized in the district of Neuköln in Berlin, where a large number of people of Turkish and Arab origin are present.

Protesters shouted “Boycott Israel” and threw stones and bottles at police, prompting several arrests. Other protests were held in Frankfurt, Leipzig and Hamburg.

People are taking part in a pro-Palestinian protest on Friday [Axel Schmidt/Reuters]

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





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