Israel Celebrates Independence Day, Arrests Activists

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post; “Israel if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough”. The sad thing is that the threat articulated by one man when he says that the activists should be thankful that the police are there, is probably right.

Taken from Real News:

“On Wednesday, Israel celebrated its 64th Day of Independence. While hundreds of thousands celebrated, the police arrested three activists for trying to question the history of this day. Each year the Israeli organization Zochrot organizes a discussion a symbolic peaceful action on this day to commemorate the Nakba. Nakba in Arabic means the “Catastrophe” (of 1948) and refers to the destruction of more than 500 Palestinian villages, the expulsion of two-thirds of the Palestinian population from the land that became Israel, and Israel’s refusal to allow the refugees to return. This year, while the discussion was underway, police surrounded the building in advance, set up a barrier and detained the activists without letting them leave the building grounds for over two hours. One man, Yuval Halperin, was arrested when he arrived on site and began reading out loud names of destroyed Palestinian villages. Meanwhile, a religious nationalistic march went by. Passersby heckled and threatened the activists, caught inside the police barrier. They were not detained.”

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About sanculottist

There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.
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One Response to Israel Celebrates Independence Day, Arrests Activists

  1. As Israel ‘celebrates’ its 64th birthday, does this mean we can look forward to its retirement in twelve months time?!

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