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Israel under pressure as rallies continue globally

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)
Pro Palestine rallies in US and across the world. 3 June 2021. Composite image, Press TV

International pressure is mounting on Israel as pro-Palestinian rallies continue around the globe. This was especially so when a huge pro-Palestine anti-Israel protest took place in Washington DC, which surely caught the attention of US lawmakers and the US President himself.

The Israeli regime is now seeking a permanent ceasefire with resistance groups in the Gaza Strip. How costly has the 11-day war been for Israel?

Israel's war on Gaza ended over a week ago, but voices in condemnation of the regimes crimes against the Palestinian people are still being heard around the world.

Pro Palestinian activists from across the United States descended on the capital Washington DC to hold a rally.

The protesters called on Israel to stop killing Palestinians. They also called for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and demanded that the US government stop funding the regime.

Defund Israel

Well, we need to demand the following: one, immediate, unconditional lifting of the siege on Gaza. Peace, immediate, unconditional ending of the siege on Gaza, because that is what international law requires.

Second, we need to hold Israel accountable in the International Criminal Court. Netanyahu is a criminal who committed war crimes and should be taken to the international criminal court.

We need the implementation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Palestinians should be protected, not demonized.

Hatem Bazian, Charman, Americans for Palestine

US demonstrations not only in Washington DC

It's definitely significant, there haven’t been huge demonstrations, it's just hundreds of people, but that's better than nothing at all.

And it's not just in Washington, it's in New York and Boston, in Michigan, Dearborn and there are, as you said in London as well so the visibility is there, where it wasn't before on Palestinian issues.

So this is really a change and also there's, now it’s quite acceptable for Congress and Senate to put forward bills to curb the so called aid, the military gifts of $3 billion every year for Israel to destroy Palestinians.

Eric Walberg, Writer and Political Commentator

Other speakers at the demonstrations rejected attempts by corporate media to use the manufactured anti-Semitism crisis to undermine public support for the Palestinian cause.

Israel's Foreign Minister, Gabi Ashkenazi, arrived in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday to discuss the May 21 truce.

This marked the first formal visit by an Israeli Foreign Minister to Egypt in 13 years.

Permanent ceasefire

Ashkenazi earlier said he had discussed what he called a permanent ceasefire with Egyptian officials. The truce was brokered and is being monitored by Egypt.

Just calling for a permanent ceasefire, makes you want to laugh, because a ceasefire is a break in hostilities, a permanent ceasefire, would be peace.

So if what they're calling for is peace, well then now you're going to have to get into how do you come, come about peace? You have to negotiate. And who are you going to negotiate with?

Well, you have to negotiate with Hamas, because the PA has no authority here. So the very first thing, before anything, you have to have elections.

So somehow, Israel's got to allow elections to go ahead, but they won't want to do that because that will elect Hamas.

But in any case, they're going to have to deal with Hamas on the ceasefire because Hamas is the military power, the only active resistance; the PA is basically just a caretaker for Israel.

Eric Walberg, Writer and Political Commentator

Palestinians have hailed their victory in the battle; their show of force to the Israeli regime by launching over 4000 rockets and scores of drones to combat the enemy.

Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad movement, Ziad Al Nakhala, has said the fight with Israel proved that Palestinians can overcome old challenges with a strong will.

Nakhala added that for every Palestinian killed by Israel, the resistance will bomb Tel Aviv.

The developments over the past month have shown that the next time that regime ventures to launch an offensive against Gaza, it shall face grave consequences.


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