Nablus rally in support of hunger strikers attacked by Israeli forces

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Nablus, Palestine: Palestinian protester confronts Israeli soldiers, in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers at Huwara checkpoint March 2, 2013 (Photo by: Guevara Joudeh)

A rally and march commemorating the 44th anniversary of Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) in support of hunger strikers, turned violent today as Israeli forces began firing tear gas into the crowd and arresting people.

Ma’an NewsIsraeli forces fire tear gas at DFLP rally in Nablus:

The rally, attended by hundreds of people, started at al-Quds street [Nablus] and walked toward Huwwara checkpoint. Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters carrying Palestinian flags and shouting slogans in support of hunger strikers.

A number of people suffered tear gas inhalation and teenagers Omar Daraghmeh, 14, and Bilal Safoutta, 16, were arrested by Israeli forces, witnesses said.

An Israeli spokeswoman said “50 Palestinians took part in a violent and illegal riot and threw rocks at security forces, who responded with riot dispersal means.”

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  1. yourstruly
    March 2, 2013, 8:42 pm

    the occupier?

    caught?

    for the umpty-umpth time?

    claiming to be playing by the rules?

    while ceaselessly violating them?

    the thou shall not use lethal force against nonviolent demonstrators rule?

    nevertheless israeli forces fire tear gas & stun grenades at nonviolent palestinian demonstrators?

    israel says that they only fired in self-defense?

    & that it responded with riot dispersal means?

    such as the firing of tear gas & stun grenades at nonviolent palestinians?

    using weapons of war?

    for riot dispersal?

    just makes riot dispersal?

    another name for war?

  2. Inanna
    March 2, 2013, 9:10 pm

    Where are the brave new PA security forces trained by US General Dayton? Why aren’t they protecting Palestinians from the IOF? Quislings.

  3. kayq
    March 3, 2013, 1:09 am

    “An Israeli spokeswoman said “50 Palestinians took part in a violent and illegal riot and threw rocks at security forces, who responded with riot dispersal means”

    So protests against the Zionist regime and occupation are now “violent and illegal” but shooting teargas and rubber bullets by so-called “security forces” which admittedly can kill are now “riot dispersal means”.

    The amount of bullshit that comes out of these people mouths.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 3, 2013, 2:04 am

      So protests against the Zionist regime and occupation are now “violent and illegal”

      yeah, that’s the MO on the hasbara front. the iof doesn’t do gandhi.

  4. Annie Robbins
    March 3, 2013, 2:06 am

    i love this photo btw. the minute a saw it i cached it. then waited for ma’an to report the protest. so many young brave ones fighting against goliath.

    • gamal
      March 3, 2013, 3:46 am

      “Photo By Guevara Joudeh” sometimes you just instinctively know when something is perfect.

      Is a hunger strike a form of dietary terrorism? It is a brave and effective tactic, after 10, yes 10, IRA prisoners died in hunger strikes the British government, that mighty and perfidious state sued for peace, in this instance i think any pressures on the Israeli state caused by these means are going to ignite rage in the Israeli regime and Jewish population.

      The sheer scale of the violence being unleashed in the Middle East should worry Israeli’s, nothing good will come of it and no one will escape its deleterious effects, not the innocent or even the powerful.

    • Citizen
      March 3, 2013, 6:10 am

      Very romantic snap shot–yet, the video clip shows it was real life for that Palestinian defender of his fellow protesters. There’s a new bible series on cable TV–the film clip ad shows David and Goliath. And here it is in real life.

  5. MK_Ultra
    March 3, 2013, 4:37 pm

    What better way to show ISreal’s true commitment and desire for peace than to brutalize and arrest a bunch of women and kids who are protesting because their husbands and fathers are starving to death in the ISreali gulags?

    BTW, that pix shows why Americans are justified in sacrificing money they don’t have and taking it from their old people, single mothers and children in order to provide peaceful and defenseless little ISreal with a state of the art, multimillion (multibillion?) dollar “defense” shield. Surely, if left to his devices, the terrorist™ in the picture could wipe out half of ISreal with that weapon of mass destruction which, coincidentally, was probably made in Iran.

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