How to prevent a repeat of the ‘Great Gaza war’
Thousands of Palestinians have gathered in the city of Hebron for a demonstration against Israel’s “genocide” of the Palestinian people.
Hundreds of people from across the country, many of them students, joined the march.
A number of the marchers chanted slogans against the Israeli government and called for the end of “the occupation” and for an end to Israeli settlements.
The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, was among the protesters.
He called for an independent and just Palestine and said that the Israeli occupation must end and that the “Jewish state must be totally destroyed.”
He also urged for a new Palestinian unity government to be formed.
Thousands of Palestinians rallied in the Old City of Hebran, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Saturday, calling for an international tribunal to investigate Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip.
Hundreds of people joined the Palestinian rally in the southern West Bank, chanting slogans against Israel and demanding an end of the occupation and a halt to the settlement of Palestinian land.
The rally came amid the funeral of three members of the Hizbullah terrorist group killed by Israel in 2006.
In a statement on Saturday afternoon, the Palestinian government said that it “will never allow the continuation of the Israeli apartheid regime and the Israeli military aggression in the occupied Palestinian territory.”
It called on “all Palestinian citizens to take the necessary steps to prevent such a tragedy, and demand an independent investigation into the incident.”
In recent months, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have been bombing targets in the Palestinian territories, including in the central West Bank.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for “the full implementation of the Oslo Accords” and said he will not “take steps to allow an independent, democratic Palestine to be created” until the occupied territories are “liberated.”