Thousands in Gaza protest Israel's action in E. Jerusalem

20:54, March 16, 2010      

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Palestinian school-girls chant slogans during a rally against Israel's consecration of a synagogue in Jerusalem's Old City, in Gaza City on March 16, 2010. (Xinhua/Wissam Nassar)


Thousands of Palestinians marched in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip Tuesday, protesting against the restoration of a Jewish synagogue in East Jerusalem.

The crowds who took to the streets from schools and public institutions walked towards downtown Gaza City, waving Palestinian flags and chanting slogans honoring East Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque.

The demonstration took place as tens of Arab residents of East Jerusalem were injured in clashes with Israeli police Tuesday morning.

The Islamic Hamas movement called for a "day of rage" against the Jewish state in response to the Monday restoration of a synagogue in the Old City in East Jerusalem. Clashes happened later between Arab protestors and Israeli security forces.

Ahmed Bahar, a Hamas leader in Gaza, addressed the demonstrators and urged "Arab defense ministers to send their planes and armies to Israel to respond to Zionist plans to judaize " Jerusalem which the Palestinians want as a capital of their future state.

Meanwhile, Bahar accused the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), led by rival Fatah movement, of "preventing the Mujahdeen (holy fighters)" from fighting Israel in the West Bank.

Source: Xinhua
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