Gaza rally backs boycott of Israeli goods

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Dozens of Palestinians braved a searing afternoon sun to rally in Gaza’s Saha market district against the sale of Israeli products on July 31, 2012.

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The demonstration, part of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, drew participants from the BDS National Committee (BNC), the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI), and the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO).

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“As a Palestinian, I believe that boycott, in all its forms, is a primary tool in our struggle against the occupation,” said Hanan Abunasser, a recent university graduate.

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“Our biggest supermarkets in Gaza are almost full of Israeli products. We as Palestinians should insist on alternatives, and all Israeli products should be boycotted.”

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Following the rally, participants marched through the crowded alleys of the nearby market, distributing fliers urging shoppers and merchants to boycott Israeli merchandise during the busy Ramadan season.

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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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