Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Palestinian protest against the Annapolis conference

"As leaders commenced the Annapolis conference in Maryland USA, Palestinians took to the streets in the West Bank city of Ramallah and Gaza city in protest against the conference.

In Ramallah scores of Palestinians responded to the call by the popular committees against the Wall and a number of Palestinian nongovernmental organizations to protest in the city center. The protesters called for the Palestinian delegation at the conference not to make any more compromises until Israel ends its occupation of Palestinian land.

Palestinian police attacked the protest, arresting at least 5 people and leaving several residents injured.

In Gaza city, thousands gathered in the city center in response to a call by the ruling Hamas party and the Islamic Jihad movement. Leaders of both movements delivered speeches declaring the Annapolis conference as yet another agreement aimed at killing the Palestinian case and the dream of freedom. Local sources reported that more protests are expected to take place later in the day in the cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem.

The Palestinian appointed government in the West Bank issued a statement on Monday evening trying to prevent the demonstration organized against the Annapolis conference. The Israeli army for its part erected blockades around the cities in the West Bank with soldiers at the military checkpoints implementing harsh military tactics such as searching residents and restricting there movement in addition to closing all checkpoints leading to Israeli controlled areas from the West Bank. "

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