Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are planning a six-week-long tent city protest near the Israeli border, starting on March 30, demanding that Palestinian refugees be allowed to return to their homes in Israel, organizers said on Wednesday.
Palestinian protesters along the Gaza border are frequently confronted by Israeli soldiers with tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition.
Ahmed Abu Ayesh, a spokesman for a coordinating committee, said plans were for hundreds or thousands of people, including entire families, to live in tents erected at the nearest, safe point from the border. The United Nations, Abu Ayesh said, would be notified of the rally.
The protest is set to begin on March 30, the annual Land Day commemorating the six Arab citizens of Israel who were killed by Israeli forces during demonstrations in 1976 over land confiscations.
It will end, the organizers said, on May 15, the day Palestinians call the Nakba or catastrophe, marking the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by the creation of Israel in 1948.
In the town of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian journalist got a jump-start on the protest, erecting two tents about 450 meters from the border fence, to promote the planned demonstration.
Source: Palestine Chronicle