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‘Thousands to protest against attacks on Gaza next Saturday’

1 January 2008 – Next Saturday, a coalition of Palestinians, Jews, Muslims, socialists and solidarity organisations will protest at the Museumplein against the Israeli attacks on Gaza. Wim Lankamp of the Dutch Palestine Committee (NPK) expects thousands of people to participate. Yesterday, 1,000 to 1,500 people participated in a protest in the Hague.

Organisations supporting the protest next Saturday include the NPK, the International Socialists, critical Jewish organisation Een Ander Joods Geluid, Turkish Islamic organisation Milli Görü? and the Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands. Protestors will call on Israel to end the offensive as well as the blockade of Gaza.

Critics say protestors should not only focus on Israel’s role, but also on Hamas, blamed for breaking a cease-fire by firing rockets at Israel. Lankamp of the NPK: “My response to such criticism is that there are indications that it was not Hamas, but Israel who broke the cease-fire”.

As an example, he points to a statement to that effect by UN official Karen Abu Zayd. “I give more credence to her than to the website of the CIDI [Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel], which insists Hamas brought the Israeli attacks upon itself”, he said.


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