World Thousands in pro-Palestinian protests in London, Madrid
Duplicity is a diplomatic game, but not one to play with Palestinian elections
The Palestinian people had no say in the decision to indefinitely delay their legislative elections.A good example of this diplomatic double-talk occurred at the State Department's April 29 press briefing. Journalists repeatedly asked about the U.S. government's reaction to the announcement that Palestinian legislative elections, which were to be held this month, had been postponed indefinitely. The official response, which the State Department press spokesperson was forced to repeat five times, was: "The exercise of democratic elections is a matter for the Palestinian people and for the Palestinian leadership to determine.
Thousands of protesters in London and Madrid marched in support of Palestinians on Saturday as the worst violence in years raged between Israel and militants in Gaza.
In London, several thousand protesters carrying placards reading "Stop Bombing Gaza" and chanting "Free Palestine" converged on Marble Arch, near the British capital's Hyde Park, to march towards the Israeli embassy.
In Madrid, some 2,500 people, many of them young people wrapped in Palestinian flags, marched to the Puerta del Sol plaza in the city centre.
Minke whale is lost far from home in London's Thames River
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"This is not a war, it's genocide," They chanted.
"They are massacring us," said Amira Sheikh-Ali, a 37-year-old of Palestinian origin.
"We're in a situation when the Nakba is continuing in the middle of the 21st century," she said, referring to the "catastrophe" word used by Palestinians to describe Israel's creation in 1948, when hundreds of thousands fled or were driven out.
Video: Violence between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants spreads to three fronts (AFP)
"We want to ask Spain and the European authorities not to collaborate with Israel, because with their silence, they are collaborating," said Ikhlass Abousousiane, a 25-year-old nurse of Moroccan origin.
The marches came amid the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence since a 2014 war in Gaza.
West Bank erupts in protest amid more Israel-Hamas fighting
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Turmoil from the battle between Israel and Hamas spilled over into the West Bank on Friday, sparking the most widespread Palestinian protests in years as hundreds of young demonstrators in multiple towns clashed with Israeli troops, who shot and killed at least 11 people. Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip continued into early Saturday, when an airstrike on a house in Gaza City killed at least seven Palestinians — the highest number of fatalities in a single hit. That strike came a day after a furious overnight barrage of tank fire and airstrikes that wreaked destruction in some towns, killed a family of six in their house and sent thousands fleeing their homes.
Israel is fighting Hamas militants in Gaza, trying to contain an outbreak of internal Jewish-Arab clashes, and violence in the West Bank.
The Israeli bombardment began Monday, after the Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas fired rockets towards Jerusalem.
That was in response to bloody Israeli police action at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, as well as a crackdown on protests against the planned Israeli expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in annexed east Jerusalem.
Since Monday, Israeli air and artillery strikes on Gaza have killed 139 people including 39 children, and wounded 1,000 more, health officials say.
Palestinian armed groups have fired hundreds of rockets at Israel since, killing 10 people, including a child and a soldier. More than 560 Israelis have been wounded.
Rashida Tlaib told Biden Palestinian rights aren't a 'bargaining chip' .
Rep. Rashida Tlaib tore into U.S. policy toward Israel in a tarmac conversation with President Joe Biden Tuesday, telling him: 'Palestinian human rights are not a bargaining chip.'The 'squad' member delivered the stark lecture directly to the president as a number of congressional Democrats are pushing Biden to put more public pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.