Gazans rally, call for end of Israeli occupation

Gazans rally, call for end of Israeli occupation
# 02 August 2013 23:52 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Thousands of Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Friday to mark the International March to Jerusalem and called for ending the Israeli occupation of the city which began in 1967, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The International March to Jerusalem was proposed by Iran's then spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 to take place on every last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan each year.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement organized the rally in Gaza, in which demonstrators waved Palestinian flags and chanted slogans condemning the world's silence on the Israeli practices in the city.

The Palestinians want east Jerusalem to be the capital of their future Palestinian state, while Israel, which annexed the city in 1968, considers united Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish state.

Representatives of national and Islamic factions and political powers in the Gaza Strip, ruled by Islamic Hamas movement, joined the rally.

Salem Salama, a Hamas lawmaker told the rally that the decision of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to resume the direct negotiations with Israel "is odd," adding that "the PA isn't authorized to negotiate on behalf of all the Palestinians."

"Holy Jerusalem is the compass that directs the Arab and Islamic worlds because it is the first shrine for them," said Salama, who called for activating "resistance to liberate the city from the hands of the Zionists."

Meanwhile, Abdul Fattah Hajjaj, the Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza, told the demonstrators who gathered at a main square in western Gaza city that Jerusalem "is facing the worst ever attack in the history."

He called on the Palestinian factions, mainly Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah Party, to unite and end their internal division "and devote their efforts and time for the sake of liberating Jerusalem."

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