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Beirut in solidarity with besieged Gazans
by Electronic Intifada (reposted)
Thursday Jul 13th, 2006 6:44 AM
BEIRUT: Activists in Beirut launched a week-long protest at Martyrs Square Wednesday in solidarity with the people of Palestine, hours after Israeli forces entered South Lebanon. More than 100 people gathered to express solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, who in recent weeks have experienced an unprecedented Israeli military assault.
As the sit-in commenced in Beirut, Israeli continued to escalate its military action in the Gaza Strip killing 18 Palestinians including 9 members of one family who died in an air strike on a home in Gaza. Growing rage throughout the Middle East towards Israeli military actions in the Occupied Territories was exemplified through the Beirut action in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

"We condemn the barbaric acts of the Israeli Amry and we see it as our duty in Lebanon to protest in support of the Palestinian people," said Atallah Salim, spokesperson for the protest, which was organized by a coalition of Palestinian and Lebanese organizations and parties.

"Beirut is one of the major Arab cities, which has seriously experienced the brutality of the Israeli Army so we understand today what Palestinians in Gaza are facing."

Flyers depicting current conditions facing Palestinians under occupation in Gaza were distributed to passersby, many of whom stopped to show their support for the action.

"I was passing by and was so happy to see a group of people on the streets in support of the Palestinians," said Rouba Wehbi. "Given the governments in the Arab world are doing nothing to support the Palestinians, it will take the actions of common people to make any change."

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