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Red flags over Gaza: Palestinian leftists rally for Hana Shalabi

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(Photo: Joe Catron)

Hundreds of Palestinians, mainly from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), and other leftist factions, rallied for administrative detainee Hana Shalabi, now on her 19th day of an open hunger strike, outside Gaza’s International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) this morning, ahead of International Women’s Day Thursday.

(Photo: Joe Catron)
(Photo: Joe Catron)

Their presence bolstered the numbers of a protest tent already erected at the ICRC entrance, and maintaining a continuous presence there, to support Shalabi.

(Photo: Joe Catron)

(Photo: Joe Catron)

Among the crowd, different kinds of red flags mixed easily with the black and yellow ones of Shalabi’s Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine.

(Photo: Joe Catron)
(Photo: Joe Catron)

Meanwhile dozens of Palestinians continued their weekly vigil for family members imprisoned by Israel, demanding that the ICRC fulfill its obligations to protect their rights.

About Joe Catron

Joe Catron is a US activist in Gaza, Palestine, where he works with Palestinian groups and international solidarity networks, particularly in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and prisoners' movements. He co-edited The Prisoners' Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag, an anthology of accounts by detainees freed in the 2011 prisoner exchange, blogs at and tweets at @jncatron.

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5 Responses

  1. Yousef M. Aljamal
    March 5, 2012, 3:23 pm

    A good job Joe. Keep writing. Keep telling the story. People over there wanna know it.

  2. Fredblogs
    March 5, 2012, 3:30 pm

    I don’t get it, why did the court reduce her detention time by two months? Did it just figure that four months is enough time to investigate whatever they want to investigate? I could understand letting her go if she’s harmless, but if she’s not harmless, why reduce the time at all?

    That’s not a rhetorical question, does anyone here know the court’s stated reasons?

  3. OlegR
    March 5, 2012, 6:37 pm

    The left on the same rally with the Jihadists.

    • Shingo
      March 14, 2012, 4:51 am

      The left on the same rally with the Jihadists.

      Israel is giving support, financing and trasingin for Jihadists against Iran. Does that warm your heart too?

  4. AaronAarons
    March 14, 2012, 1:15 am

    I don’t know if it’s ‘Heartwarming’, but it’s certainly proper for the left — without subordinating itself politically to them — to join with non-leftist, even rightist, sectors of the colonized population in defense against the imperialist-backed colonizers.

    OTOH, it’s pretty bad when leftists join with ‘jihadists’ and other rightists in an alliance with the imperialists, as many did and are doing in Libya and Syria.

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