Join us in the ECC to show solidarity with the tens of thousands of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip carrying out the historic #GreatReturnMarch and to mourn the (as of 4/8) 29 Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli forces along the border.
On Friday, March 30 an estimated 30,000 Palestinians in Gaza took part in the Great March of Return along the electric fence that has kept more than 2 million people imprisoned for more than a decade. The march, organized by a cross section of civil society, grassroots activists, and political factions in the occupied enclave, called for an end of the Gaza’s brutal siege and the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Conditions in Gaza are currently “unlivable,” as described by the UN, with severe electricity shortages and water contamination, on top of periodic military assaults by Israeli forces.
Israel reacted to families walking and chanting with a brutal show of force. Israeli snipers opened fire with live ammunition against the protestors and deployed tear gas against them by drones, killing at least 20 Palestinians and injuring more than 1,500, half of which were shot with live ammunition. The Israeli army claimed online on March 30 that, “Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.”
And yet, tens of thousands of Palestinians remain steadfast. They aim to stay 45 days until May 15, the 70th anniversary of the “Nakba,” Arabic for “catastrophe,” when 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes for the creation of the state of Israel.