Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Demonstration links plight of Palestinians to Native Americans

Nonviolent demonstration at checkpoint links plight of Palestinians to that of Native Americans

Dozens of Palestinians staged a nonviolent demonstration at Huwara Checkpoint in southern Nablus Sunday dressed in the traditional outfits of Native Americans. The point was to make the connection between the colonization taking place in Palestine and that which happened in the Americas while the US Secretary of State was nearby.

Israeli forces occupying the northern West Bank attempted to block media coverage of the demonstration and quickly closed the checkpoint. The Palestinian Dama Center representatives told reporters that they organized the event as “an expression of the will of the vast majority of Palestinians and their refusal to accept the daily practice of the occupation.” This protest is part of a larger program entitled, “30 Days against the Barriers.”

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