Hanan Ashrawi is a member of the PLO executive committee and she did an excellent job explaining why Israel is responsible for war crimes.
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Emotions are running high in this year’s annual observance of the international Quds Day.
Participants have gathered from all around the Washington, DC to attend this rally that is also being hosted in several cities across the country. The observance of Al-Quds in the US started in 1979. This Al-Quds observance has a bigger emotional undertone because of the bloodshed happening in Gaza. On a day that many here feel a solidarity with Gazans there is a lot of sadness and a lot of anger. The death toll in Gaza is rising every day. Many people here are expressing their anger and frustration over Israel’s bombardment of Gaza’s civilian population. Others called on the Obama administration to take more responsibility in stopping the incessant killings of men, women and children not involved in the war.
This week, Israelis are suspected of shelling a United Nations run school in Gaza. Even the poetry and speeches that usually take on a more relaxed tone, have more of an urgency because of the travesties in the Middle East. Although many people came here in Washington, DC to discuss a better way forward for Palestinians. Many here had their hearts and minds in Gaza.
Israel is keeping up a steady stream of attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip, killing 11 more Palestinians in its latest airstrikes.
The air raids targeted four different locations in the coastal enclave. Officials say two of the victims were killed when a strike hit a facility for the disabled in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza. Israel has pounded more than one thousand targets in the impoverished region since Tuesday. 119 Palestinians, most of them women and children, have lost their lives. And about 800 others have been injured. Tel Aviv has now massed thousands of troops along the Gaza border in preparation for a possible ground incursion.
Israeli forces clash with Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem after police found the body of a teenager in the Jerusalem area.
Palestinians believe the body to be that of a Palestinian youth who was reported kidnapped from an Arab suburb the night before. Locals identified the victim as 16-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir from the Shufat neighborhood. Locals believe he was killed by Israelis in revenge for the recent abduction of three Israeli teenagers. Israeli police are investigating the incident.
Hundreds of angry youths blocked the Holy City’s light rail and threw stones at Israeli security forces, who responded with rubber bullets.