Palestinian, Israeli protest marks Women’s Day

March 8, 2015 | By | Reply More

Mar 08, – Over a thousand Palestinian and Israeli women gathered on Saturday at 11am at either sides of Qalandia checkpoint separating Jerusalem and Ramallah to protest the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza on Saturday, the eve of International Women’s Day.

hromedia Palestinian, Israeli protest marks Women’s Day arab uprising3Palestinian women demonstrating on the West Bank side of the checkpoint, numbering about 1000, were met with teargas, with at least 10 having been injured and rushed for medical treatment.

The joint Israeli-Palestinian demonstration on the Jerusalem side of Qalandia checkpoint remained relatively calm.

“International Women’s Day is a day of resistance against oppression. What more than the occupation is discriminating against Palestinian women? What more than the occupation is arresting our young men and women? We make up 51% of the population and we have a voice and a role to play,” said Nabila Espanioly, candidate on the Joint List, an alliance of Arab parties formed ahead of the 2015 Israeli Knesset elections.

Although the protestors made several attempts to meet midway, Israeli authorities forbade them from doing so.

Hailing from Jerusalem, Nazareth, Acre-Haifa, Tel Aviv and the Galilee, as well as various towns across the West Bank, they chanted for equal rights for women on both sides and an end to the oppression, discrimination and the siege on Gaza.

“The reality of this violence and racism is a process of dehumanization; we are becoming indifferent to the suffering of the other and it is horrific. We must stand in solidarity with our Palestinian sisters,” said Israeli activist and organizer Edna Zaretsky-Poledano.

Press journalist for hromedia – khizer hayat reports.

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