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One killed in Gaza solidarity protest in Hebron

By Haley Paladino - July 14, 2014
Section: [Main News] [Life under Occupation]
Tags: [Hebron] [Gaza]

Protests in Hebron. Photo by Lazar Simeonov


Protests in solidarity with Gaza erupted through the Hebron area and Bethlehem last night. Munir Ahmad Badarin, 22, died in hospital after being shot by Israeli forces in Samu, south of Hebron. Badarin reportedly bled for thirty minutes before an ambulance was able to reach him through the city-wide clashes, according to a local activist. Two more protesters, 21-year-old Mahmoud Yasser Muhammed Breghith and Mahmoud Nasser Juma Hitawi, 20, were injured by live bulets in Beit Ummar. 

Badarin is the first to be killed in clashes in the West Bank since the Israeli offensive on Gaza began seven days ago. 
Last night, protests gained momentum as youth went to the streets after iftar, the meal to break the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
"Many Palestinians went to the street to protest against the war on Gaza, and it was everywhere, all over Hebron, from Al-Alru to Al-Samu, form the south to the north of Hebron," said Youth Against Settlements activist Issa Amro.
Gaza solidarity protests in the West Bank and Israel are growing to unprecedented sizes. Amro expects massive protests this Friday, as activists have called for demonstrations throughout the West Bank. 
"The people are getting more and more angry about what they see on the TV, about killing children, the amount of aggression, the amount of explosives. They are trying to do something to help to make a change," said Amro. "It's heading towards intifada," he added.
Solidarity movements are growing amongst Palestinian citizens of Israel, as well. 
Muhammad Abu Toameh, a solidarity activist based in Baqa Al-Gharbieh and Tel Aviv, suspects the instantaneous access to news of carnage in Gaza via social media is responsible for galvanizing the protests.
"Back in 2008 people were kind of new to Facebook and that kind of stuff. They didn't actually realize its power and the potential," said Abu Toameh.
Now some local news agencies use social media to disseminate news as frequently as every two minutes. Al Quds Network and Shehab News, for example, post grisly photos and videos of attacks on Gaza in real time. 

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