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Global actions show solidarity with people of Gaza

first_imgOn Al-Quds Day outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 8, 2018.On Al-Quds Day (Jerusalem Day), June 8, Israeli soldiers fatally shot four protesters, including a 15-year-old, in Gaza and wounded 600, with 254 people hospitalized. They were among the 10,000 Palestinians walking to the Gaza border fence. Protests took place in five locations that day. Overhead, Israeli drones hovered, dropping flammable materials and tear gas.  Since 1979, hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East have protested Israel’s occupation of Jerusalem on al-Quds day, the last Friday of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, to show wholehearted solidarity with the Palestinian people.The February decision by White House resident Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there triggered mass protests in Palestine, elsewhere in the Middle East, and in cities around the world, including in the U.S.Since March 30, Palestinians have participated in the Great March of Return to the border fence separating Gaza and Israel, insisting on their right to return to their homeland of Palestine, now Israel. Gaza’s population comprises Palestinians violently forced from their houses, farms and villages during Israel’s founding in 1948 and their descendants.  They object to the theft of their land, Israel’s inhumane blockade of Gaza and the U.S. Embassy’s relocation to Jerusalem.The Israeli Defense Forces have responded with brute force, killing at least 129 Gazans and wounding another 13,300. (TeleSUR, June 9)  World outrage has soared at Israel’s murderous war on the Palestinian people, held in Gaza’s “open-air prison.” Global demonstrations have shown concrete solidarity with this besieged, but resolute people, including on al-Quds Day.Solidarity on al-Quds Day …Syrians and Palestinians marched together in Damascus, in the old city to the Umayyad Mosque.  A Palestinian in Syria, Hamid Hassan, said that Al-Quds Day “means a lot for us. Jerusalem is an Arab land.”  (The Daily Star, June 9) Israel annexed East Jerusalem in 1967.Tens of thousands marched in Tehran and 900 other Iranian cities and towns to condemn Israel’s occupation and murderous violence. Thousands marched in Baghdad, Iraq.  In Islamabad, Pakistan, protesters burned Israeli and U.S. flags, as well as an effigy of Trump. Protests also took place in New Delhi, India, and in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.Chants of “Freiheit fur Palastina” (Freedom for Palestine!) resonated in Berlin and Vienna.  Some 2,500 people, a larger-than-usual crowd, marched in the German city, calling for a boycott of apartheid Israel.  Hundreds of medical workers carried photos of 21-year-old Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar slain by an Israeli sniper on June 1.Hundreds of demonstrators were on the streets in Vienna; many carried a replica of the apartheid wall on Gaza’s border.  They called for global solidarity for Palestinians fighting the occupation and oppression and for worldwide action against Israel’s atrocities.In London, chants of “1, 2, 3, 4!  Occupation is no more!” rang out.  Signs read, “No more genocide!” and called for a boycott of Israel. In Canada, thousands, including medical workers, marched in Toronto to the U.S. Consulate General’s office. They called out,  “Gaza, Gaza, Don’t you cry! We won’t let you die!” “Viva, Viva Palestine!” and “Justice for Palestine!” Some signs read, “Zionism is racism!”  A Walk for Palestine Liberation and Gaza Freedom took place in Ottawa to the Israeli Embassy. Anti-Zionist rabbis from the Neturei Karta International community marched in Berlin, Toronto and New York City in opposition to Israeli apartheid.Actions took place in 23 U.S. cities, including Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.… And more Palestinian protestsHundreds of people took part in two demonstrations in Haifa, Israel, on June 1, against Israeli attacks on Gaza.  Early in the day, 300 people rallied, including Arab legislators and activist Jafar Farah, who said a police officer shattered his knee in detention after a demonstration protesting Israel’s violence in mid-May. That night, hundreds of youth and others protested IDF assaults on Gazans.  In Nabi Saleh on the Occupied West Bank, Israeli soldiers fatally shot 21-year-old Izzedine Tamimi, cousin of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, Israeli political prisoner, after removing him from his house, on June 6. He was the third member of the Tamimi family executed this year by the IDF. Eyewitnesses say military forces prevented paramedics from treating him. Subsequently, soldiers attacked angry village residents.Then, on June 10, in central Ramallah in the Occupied West Bank, 1,500 people demanded that the Palestinian Authority lift its sanctions on Gaza. “It is the biggest popular show of solidarity toward Gaza in the West Bank since the beginning of the Great March of Return in Gaza,” reported Israeli newspaper Haaretz on June 11. Several Palestinian residents of Jerusalem participated, while the demonstration size kept increasing.Palestinian political leaders walked alongside university students. The crowd chanted pro-Gaza slogans and held photos of martyr Razan al-Najjar. Other slogans were “Shame on you, you sold Gaza in dollars” and “With soul and blood, we will save you, Gaza.”LGBTQ, Jewish activists: ‘End the siege!’Hundreds of LGBTQ activists blocked the LGBTQ Pride march in Tel Aviv on June 8, saying, “There is no pride in occupation.” A video posted at NYC Solidarity with Palestine on Facebook shows a self-identified queer activist asserting that Israel uses “pinkwashing” to “distort horrible atrocities in the West Bank, Gaza and across Palestine.”   Organizer Tamar Ben Davi explained, “We came here to protest the cynical exploitation of the LGBTQ struggle for the good of the Israeli government’s crimes, which is why we came with a fence.”  Nearby Israeli soldiers “are shooting people exercising the right to protest.” Yuli Novak said the LGBT community’s challenges “are not disconnected from the struggle for the rights of others. In every struggle that celebrates freedom and liberation, we will be here to protest against the crimes committed in our names.” (TeleSUR, June 9)A flier distributed in Tel Aviv read: “The Israeli Government markets Tel Aviv as a city of freedom, and yet 70 kilometers away from here there are two million Palestinians jailed in Gaza. … As members of a community that is still fighting for full rights and equality, we will not be silent in the face of human rights violations and repression of the freedom to protest. We will stand in solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation and under siege.”  Israeli Jewish activists, self-named “RETURN,” hung photos of martyrs of the Great Return March on Gaza’s “Apartheid Fence” on June 7, in response to the call for international solidarity.  They called for worldwide sanctions on Israeli industries.A participant said: “The Palestinians besieged in Gaza are marching home, back to the villages and cities from which they were expelled. They are marching out of the desert that Israel has transformed Gaza into, and because of this, the Israeli occupying army is murdering them in cold blood. The courage and sacrifice of these people demand all of us to stand up and ensure an end to Israeli impunity. Apartheid must end, and we are the ones who must end it.” (Mondoweiss, June 7)Bill Dores contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Chinese Super League to start by July: club chairman

first_imgThe coronavirus-delayed Chinese Super League (CSL) season is scheduled to begin in late June or early July, a club chairman says.Suspended leagues across the world, including in Europe, will be watching the CSL with interest as an indicator of the challenges they face in relaunching their own competitions.The campaign was supposed to start on February 22 but was indefinitely postponed by the pandemic, which emerged in China in December before spreading worldwide. Marouane Fellaini, the former Manchester United midfielder, is the only known coronavirus case in the CSL.He was released from hospital last week and is under further observation, although he was not seriously ill. Topics :center_img “Based on the assessment of the current situation, the new season will start at the end of June or beginning of July,” said Guangzhou R&F chairman Huang Shenghua, according to state media.Huang said that the season will be able to take place in full with each team playing the allotted 30 matches.The media reports did not indicate whether a formal announcement was expected from the Chinese Football Association.China says that it has curbed coronavirus at home but is now concerned about a second wave of imported infections from people entering the country from overseas.last_img read more

Giants aim to rebound after Dodgers’ opening rout

first_imgThe only two teams with a nine-inning game to their credit this season will get together again Friday as the Los Angeles Dodgers play host to San Francisco Giants in the second game of a four-game series.In Thursday’s opener inside of an empty Dodger Stadium, new Los Angeles superstar Mookie Betts scored the go-ahead run and Enrique Hernandez had four hits and five RBIs in an 8-1 Dodgers victory. The Dodgers scored seven times after the sixth inning against the San Francisco bullpen.The game came after the New York Yankees earned a 4-1, rain-shortened victory over the Washington Nationals in Thursday’s only other contest. The game at Nationals Park was halted in the top of the sixth inning due to the weather. The Dodgers, known for their elite pitching, are beginning the 2020 season with a bit of a curveball. Rookie Dustin May started the opener after Clayton Kershaw (back) went on the injured list Thursday, and right-hander Ross Stripling will start in Game 2.Stripling, an All-Star in 2018 who was 4-4 last year with a 3.47 ERA in 32 appearances (15 starts), got his place in the rotation only after new Dodgers left-hander David Price opted out of the shortened season.It was not very long into spring training when Stripling learned the Dodgers did not intend to have him in the season-opening rotation. That changed when Price announced his decision.”I was disappointed at the time because I remember wanting to feel like I had an opportunity to go earn a rotation spot, and I was being told that I would get that opportunity,” Stripling said. “I felt that I didn’t really get a fair shake on trying to earn that spot. That’s not saying Julio (Urias) and Alex (Wood) didn’t deserve it. Heck, man, we’ve got seven or eight guys that can be in our starting rotation, so it’s certainly not a shot at them.” Stripling made his major league debut at San Francisco in April 2016 and was removed after 7 1/3 innings with a no-hitter intact. Not only did the Giants end up getting a late hit, but they rallied for a 3-2 victory against the Dodgers’ bullpen.In 14 career games against the Giants (four starts), Stripling is 1-3 with a 3.55 ERA.The Giants will counter with right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who was 11-12 with a 3.52 ERA last season in 32 starts. The 13th-year veteran has 11 career appearances (nine starts) against the Dodgers with a 2-5 record and a 3.83 ERA.Samardzija actually has experience playing a game without fans, which is how the 2020 season is being conducted because of the coronavirus pandemic. In April 2015, Samardzija started for the Chicago White Sox in a game against the Baltimore Orioles that was played in an empty Camden Yards because of civil unrest in the area.”It was a weird experience overall,” said Samardzija, who gave up six runs in the first inning that day as his White Sox lost 8-2. “It was like a pickup game in a way. I wouldn’t recommend it.”He won’t have a say about it on Friday, but it shouldn’t be weird for him this time around. Samardzija was solid in his lone start at Dodger Stadium last season, earning a victory on Sept. 6 after he gave up three runs on five hits over six innings with no walks and three strikeouts.Betts went 1-for-5 in his Dodgers debut. He has no hits and one strikeout in five career at-bats against Samardzija, with one walk.Topics :last_img read more

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