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Manifestations for and against Israel

18 July 2006 – Supporters and opponents of the Israeli handling of the crisis in the Middle East will hold manifestations in Amsterdam this week. Both sides expect a turnout of a couple hundred to one thousand protesters. Incidents are not expected.

With the slogan ‘Sound the alarm: Stop the war against the Palestines’, a manifestation will be held next Saturday at 13.00 at the Beursplein. The protest has been extended to the Israeli invasion of South Lebanon.

The organisers call on “the Dutch government to express a strong protest against this war, by demanding an immediate end to the Israeli invasions and occupation politics”.

The protest is supported among others by Naima Azough (Green Party MP), Mohammed Benzakour (writer), Ahmed Marcouch (Social-Democrat district chairman), Anja Meulenbelt (Socialist Party) and Mohamed Rabbae (Enough is Enough foundation).

Next Thursday at 19.30, a broad range of Jewish and other organisations will hold a manifestation at the J.D. Meijerplein under the motto ‘Against Terrorism, For a Safe Israel’.

The organisers of this protest call on everybody to “show your solidarity with the people of Israel and to support Israel’s right to defend itself”. Whether this should be understood as support for the way in which Israel is currently defending itself, spokesperson Gidi Markuszower could not say.

The organisers count on MP’s Van Baalen (Conservative Party) and De Nerée (Christian Democrats) to participate. In addition, it is hoped that writers Leon de Winter and/or Jessica Durlacher will be present.

In the past, there have been incidents at manifestions that dealt with Middle East issues. However, both the supporters and the opponents of Israel say that they expect no problems, and that no specific security measures will be taken.


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