IN PHOTOS ~~ DEMO AT UN IN SUPPORT OF PALESTINIAN HUNGER STRIKER

First an update …..

Hunger striker Allan re-enters coma, in critical condition

(click HERE to see report)

Muhammed Allan's situation has sparked protests in support of his cause and demands for his release. (AFP/Said Khatib)

Muhammed Allan’s situation has sparked protests in support of his cause and demands for his release. (AFP/Said Khatib)

On August 18th, several dozen people, mainly youth of the NYC Students For Justice In Palestine, gathered at the U.N. to protest the  Israeli  threatened intent to force feed Muhammad Allan who is now on a hunger strike to gain his freedom. There were Palestinian, Black & White youth in attendance.

Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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Here is how solidarity demos are treated in Israel …

This video shows Israeli police and right-wing extremists violently attacking and assaulting Palestinians who had gathered outside the hospital where a Palestinian hunger striker is gravely ill.

Flag-waving Israeli extremists sing songs celebrating and calling for the slaughter of Palestinians, especially children.

The events occurred on Sunday, when hundreds of Palestinians and supporters protested in Askalan (Ashkelon) in the south of present-day Israel in solidarity with Muhammad Allan, the Palestinian who has been on hunger strike for two months against his “administrative detention” – without charge or trial – by Israel.

As Allan struggled for his life, his supporters arrived aboard buses from Jerusalem, Jaffa and the north to hold a vigil outside Barzilai Medical Center where he is being treated and detained.

“Allan come and see, your people are supporting you openly,” the supporters call out in the video before they are attacked.

An Israeli police officer shouts through a megaphone: “This is an illegal gathering.”

Police assault protestors, dragging them away and confiscating Palestinian flags, and use a water cannon and pepper spray.

Genocidal songs

Haneen Zoabi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, who tries to intervene to prevent the police violence, says: “The police are beating people, young women and men.”

At the same time, extreme right-wing Israeli Jews can be seen assaulting protestors without police intervention and indeed with police protection.

“Zoabi, you are whore! You are a terrorist,” one of the right-wing demonstrators shouts at her. The mob then starts to chant “Zoabi is a terrorist! Death to terrorists!”

Many openly declare support for Meir Kahane, the founder of the violent anti-Palestinian organization Kach.

They chant anti-Arab slogans including a song celebrating the mass killing of children in Gaza: “Why is there no studying in Gaza? Because there are no children left there.”

“Gaza is a cemetery,” they sing, and “Death to reporters!”

These same genocidal songs were heard on Israel’s streets during last summer’s 51-day assault on Gaza that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, including 551 children.

Assaults and arrests

The extremists have been present at the hospital for a week, assaulting visitors and supporters of Allan.

“They don’t even let us gather in one place to demonstrate, to send a political message that we support Muhammad Allan,” Zoabi observes of the police ban. “A conqueror acts like a conquerer, so the oppressed need to act like the oppressed.”

Eight activists were arrested, at least four of whom required hospital treatment due to injuries from police violence, according to the photography collective ActiveStills, which produced the above video.

Allan, a 33-year-old lawyer from the occupied West Bank village of Einabus, recently fell into a coma for four days. On Tuesday he regained consciousness and, still gravely ill, vowed to continue his hunger strike until Israel frees him.

Video by Keren Manor, Faiz Abu Rmeleh and Oren Ziv of the ActiveStills collective.

Text by The Electronic Intifada.

3 Comments

  1. butlincat said,

    August 21, 2015 at 01:19

    Reblogged this on VICTIMS OF THE STATE.

  2. R Davis said,

    August 21, 2015 at 05:25

    Exactly what are these protestors trying to achieve ?

    WHAT IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO PROTEST ?
    In the video –
    Haneen Zoabi said
    “To send a political message that we will support Muhammad Allan, an adminastrative detanee”
    AND – the protestors chanted … ” Allan we will support you with soul & blood”
    VIOLENCE ?
    Are the protestors saying that the protest is to be VIOLENT … that they have come to cause physical harm to others ?

    LANGUAGE IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO GET A POSATIVE & SUCCESSFUL MESSAGE ACROSS.

    The chant “Allan we are supporting you with soul & blood” is the chant of a mob out for a good time … self serve kicks.

    Haneen Zoabi said
    “And a conquerer acts like a conquerer”
    “So the oppressed need to act like the opperssed – he needs to struggle”
    THIS IS NEGATIVE THINKING
    THIS THINKING IS THAT OF SOMEONE WHO IS LOOKING FOR A CONFRONTATION WHERE PEOPLE GET HURT.
    AND NOTHING IS ACHIEVED
    AND MORE PEOPLE BECOME “an administrative detainee”

    Just because THE CONQUERER acts like a conquerer.
    Does not mean that you give yourself over to them to be trampled.
    If you behave like the oppressed you will be the oppressed.
    Stand tall & calm, righteous in the light of justice & demand that the oppressor cease thier criminal behavior & obey the laws.

  3. R Davis said,

    August 21, 2015 at 05:27

    Chant “We are better than you … we are law abiding & civilized”


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