Friday, June 8, 2007
Saturday 9 June: a global day of protest against the oppressive Israeli occupation of Palestinian land
"Bethlehem - Ma'an - This week marks the fortieth anniversary of the June 1967 'Six-Day War' and the subsequent Israeli military occupation of the West Bank (including east Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights. Apart from Sinai, all these territories remain under Israeli control.
Tomorrow, Saturday, demonstrations will take place across the globe protesting what is fast becoming the longest occupation in history.
Protest marches are planned in occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah during the day. The Palestinian network of non-governmental organisations plans to submit on Saturday an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention regarding the 40-year occupation.
In Tel Aviv, a large protest march is expected on Saturday evening. A coalition of left-wing Israeli groups and activists are calling for an end to the 40-year occupation of Palestinian land, a start of negotiations to achieve regional peace and a comprehensive ceasefire, including the dismantling of Israeli settlements and military checkpoints in the West Bank......
Around the world
Around the world large demonstrations condemning the ongoing occupation are planned.
In London, organisers say thousands of supporters are predicted to attend their rally. Speakers at the rally will include Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouthi; the Jerusalem-based Anglican Bishop Riah Abu El Assal; Palestinian General Delegate to the UK,......
Other demonstrations and rallies are planned in Washington, D.C, Sydney, Brussels, Sao Paolo, Toronto, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Dublin, Rome, Osaka, Amsterdam, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Geneva, Berlin, Madrid, Graz (Austria), Wellington (New Zealand and others.
Palestinian civil society groups are planning various other conferences on the subject of occupation later in the month.....
International aid agencies add their voice
30 members of this association of international development and humanitarian agencies also issued a joint statement on Friday calling on their governments and the United Nations to "renew their efforts to end the occupation and to ensure the respect of international humanitarian law and human rights in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory."....."