Pro-Palestine demonstrators march in Geneva and Germany

Hundreds of people march to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at Palais Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland to protest against Israeli incursion into Gaza. Around 2,000 protestors joined the rally held in Germany's capital

Pro-Palestine demonstrators march in Geneva and Germany

World Bulletin/News Desk

Hundreds of protesters marched to the headquarters of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at Palais Wilson in Geneva on Saturday to protest against Israel's onslaught on the Gaza Strip and UN's attitude towards the conflict.

About 700 people on Saturday amassed in the demonstration in support of Gaza, which started from Molard square and ended in front of the Palais Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland.

Some protesters carried banners indicating the names and ages of the Palestinians who died in Israeli attacks on Gaza, while some others were carrying coffins covered with Palestinian flags symbolic of dead Gazans.

Shouting anti-Israeli slogans and urging the international community to act for Palestine, protesters condemned the silence of the world leaders over the Gaza tragedy.

Israel's attacks on Gaza condemned in Berlin, Frankfurt

Israel's attacks against Gaza have also been protested in Germany's capital, Berlin, and Frankfurt on Saturday.

Around 2,000 protestors took part in the rally in Berlin organized by the Islamic Community View -- abbreviated as IGMG -- and the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, as well as several non-governmental organizations.

Giving a speech in Oranienplatz square, IGMG's Berlin representative Tahir Sozen pointed out that a clear line should be drawn between protesting against Israel's policies and supporting anti-semitism. He stressed that they are against anti-semitism.

Referring to the "No to anti-semitism" campaign launched in German press, Sozen said: "We condemn Israel's policies and find them wrong, meanwhile German press are confusing the issue by ignoring Israel's attacks and bringing anti-semitism to forefront".

Protestors were holding banners that read "Child killer Israel," "USA supports, Germany finances, Israel kills," "Stop the child and woman massacre in Palestine," "We (Germans) are ashamed of our government's attitude" and "We will not give up shouting out for Gaza."  

Thousands of people including Jews gathered in the German city of Frankfurt on Saturday to protest against Israel's attacks on Gaza as well.

As many as 2,000 people including Germans, Turks and Jews participated in the protest held at the Romer Square, chanting anti-war and pro-Palestine slogans such as "No to war, yes to peace" and "Freedom for Palestine."

Protest leaders made speeches condemning Israel for launching disproportionate attacks on targets including schools, hospitals and civilians including children and women.

Greek Orthodox Church priest Athenagoras Zilliaskopulos and Abraham Melzer representing a Jewish organization also condemned Israel's actions during the demonstration.

After the speeches, the leader of the Islamic Community in Hessen, Ramazan Kuruyuz, said that they organized the gathering to protest against Israel's relentless attacks and to show that Muslims can make their voices heard. 

He also criticized German president, chancellor and political parties for ignoring Israeli violence in Gaza.

At least 1046 Palestinians have been killed – mostly civilians – and more than 5900 others injured in Israel's offensive, now in its third week.

Israel's military operation, dubbed operation "Protective Edge," is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip – which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians – within the last six years.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Temmuz 2014, 09:58

Muhammed Öylek

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