New anti-Israel protests pledge by Palestinian activists in Bahrain
Wed, 16 May 2018
By Sandeep Singh Grewal
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PALESTINIAN activists in Bahrain are planning a new anti-Israeli campaign in the wake of violence that has accompanied the opening of a controversial US Embassy in a disputed area of Jerusalem.
The new embassy opened at the instigation of US President Donald Trump on Monday, the day before the 70th anniversary of the Nakba – when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled their homes to escape Israeli bloodshed in 1948.
On the same day Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border in the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since 2014.
During an event in Bahrain yesterday to commemorate the Nakba, Palestinian community leader Ramee Rashid said a petition would be launched condemning the Israeli brutality.
“The petition will be submitted to UN House (in Hoora),” said Mr Rashid.
“There will be social media campaigns that will be launched in the coming weeks to condemn the Israeli action.”
There are also plans for a multi-faith prayer for peace.
During yesterday’s event in Bahrain, held at UN House, Palestinian Ambassador to Bahrain Taha Abdul Qader reiterated his allegation that Israel was responsible for genocide.
“This genocide on Monday in Gaza and the West Bank is the responsibility of both Trump and (Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin) Netenyahu,” he said.
“Since Trump’s decision (on December 6) to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem, we had 300 martyrs and more than 3,500 casualties.”
Among those taking part in the Nakba anniversary event in Bahrain were diplomats from Russia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco and Brunei, as well as Bahraini legislators.
Also present was Reverend Hani Aziz, of the National Evangelical Church, who said special prayers for peace would be soon held.
“We always pray for the Palestinians and will soon organise a special multi-faith peace prayer,” he said.
“I would also like to send a message to the UN from a church in Bahrain – that they should be fair in dealing with Palestine.”
Shura Council human rights committee chairman Ahmed Haddad used the occasion to call for an end to the violence.
“There should be peace between all parties because this is in the best interests of all,” said Mr Haddad.
“We condemn the violence and push for a peaceful solution that is agreed by both parties.”
Bahrain-based UN Information Centre for the Gulf States director, Samir Aldarabi, in a speech said the UN was concerned by latest developments in occupied Palestine.
“There are indications that Israeli forces used excessive force in the face of the demonstrations,” said Mr Aldarabi. “The rules on the use of force under international law have been repeated many times, but appear to have been ignored again and again.”
He said yesterday’s event in Bahrain also showed support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
Meanwhile, Britain yesterday called for an investigation into the shooting of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli troops on the Gaza border, while Saudi Arabia’s council of ministers rejected Washington’s decision to move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.