RAMALLAH, June 4 (JMCC) - Palestinians in the occupied territories and the surrounding Arab states are preparing for numerous demonstrations on Sunday here and abroad, reports the
Activists in Syria plan to march to the boundary of the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel in 1967 along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip. On May 15, 14 people were killed when Israeli troops fired on demonstrators in a similar action.
Palestinian activists in the West Bank say the motivation for protest has been fueled by the impasse in peace efforts and widespread public disillusionment, which they say was deepened by Netanyahu’s hawkish statements during his recent visit to Washington.
“The political parties cannot do anything — they only talk,” said Hazem Abu Helal, an activist in Ramallah, referring to the established Palestinian factions. “The youth work on the ground.”
Abu Helal said that local youth organizers had met with Arab counterparts in recent months at conferences abroad and that a loose coalition of local groups was organizing parallel protests inside and outside the Palestinian territories, using social media to spread the message.
In the Gaza Strip, for example, a group calling itself the Committee to Resist the Buffer Zones has joined other factions in calling for a march Sunday to a zone along the border with Israel where the Israeli army has used gunfire to keep Palestinians away, declaring it off-limits. The army says the ban has been imposed to prevent attacks on its patrols.