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Hundreds protest against Israel's presence at Italy exposition

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Italian people stage an anti-Israeli protest rally. (file photo)

Hundreds of Italian people have staged a protest rally against Israel’s presence at an exposition in the city of Milan.

Waving Palestinian flags, the demonstrators rallied towards the city center on Saturday and chanted anti-Israeli slogans such as "Netanyahu, terrorist empire" and "Against imperialism and its violence, resistance now and forever."

The angry protesters called Israel’s participation in the Expo Milano 2015 “unacceptable.”

"We decided to organize this protest to criticize the expo and especially Israel's presence at this event, which we believe is unacceptable," said Francesco Giordano, a member of a local Palestinian advocacy group.  

Demanding justice for Palestinians, the demonstrators also urged an end to Israel’s violence against the people there.

"We want free children. We've had enough of cemeteries, prisons. We want freedom and a normal life," said Sara, a Palestinian woman living in Italy.

Over 750,000 Palestinians -- now estimated to number nearly five million with their descendants -- were driven out of their homes by Israeli forces on May 15, 1948.

Since then, the Israeli regime has denied Palestinian refugees the right to return despite United Nations' resolutions and international law that uphold people’s right to return to their homelands.

The Israeli regime currently holds over 7,000 Palestinians captive, many of them without charge or trial.

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