UNREST SPREADING, LIVE AMMUNITION USED
Monday 21, July, there is a strike across the ‘West Bank’ of Palestine in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. Multiple protests are reported, including in Nazareth, Beit Sahour and Hebron, and Nablus. PIC reports that many shops and government offices were closed in different parts of the ‘West Bank’ in protest against the Israeli massacres and the many war crimes committed against the people in the Gaza Strip. In response, the former Moldavian nightclub bouncer and current FM of Israel, Avigdor Lieberman “calls for boycott of Israeli Arab businesses who strike for Gaza,” reported the Jerusalem Post. Solidarity marches were also organized last night in different cities and towns in the ‘West Bank’ in celebration of the capture of an Israeli soldier and in protest against Jewish military state’s genocidal project on Gaza.
Ma’an reports that the occupation forces used live fire on protesters causing many injuries.
UPDATE: reported shooting and death of Mahmoud al-Shawamira, by settlers in Hizma, which is surrounded by Jewish settler colonies in the East of al-Quds/Jerusalem. Also there are reports that a demonstration protesting at his killing is now underway:
“A march is now setting off from the Palestine Medical Centre towards the middle of Ramallah calling for revenge for the blood of the martyrs, after the death of Mahmoud al-Shawamira in Hizma”
“In the heart of Ramallah, allegiance to al-Qassam Brigades. A people raised by the resistance will be united by nobody but the resistance.”
21 July, 2014 Ma’an
Dozens of Palestinians were injured after Israeli forces opened fire on rallies in Hebron celebrating the capture of an Israeli soldier in Gaza and in solidarity with the besieged territory, which saw 100 killed by Israeli forces on Sunday.
Abdallah al-Qawasemi, the medical director at Hebron Governmental Hospital, said that 20 youths had been brought to the hospital after Israeli forces opened live fire on the crowds.
Large rallies also took place in Halhoul, al-Arrub refugee camp, al-Fawwar refugee camp, Ramallah, and other cities across the West Bank and in East Jerusalem as Palestinians greeted the news.
Occupied East Jerusalem saw clashes with Israeli police forces during the rallies.
The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades announced earlier on Sunday that it had captured an Israeli soldier during fighting in the Gaza Strip, which has claimed the lives of more than 430 Palestinians — including 200 in the last three days — since Israel launched an assault 13 days ago.
Many Palestinians hope that the soldier will be released in exchange for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, which number around 6,000.
In 2011, an Israeli soldier was released by Hamas in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.
40 percent of Palestinian men in the occupied territories have served time in Israeli jails since 1967, and for many sentenced the only possible hope for release is a prisoner exchange.
21 July, 2014 IMEMC
At least 20 thousand Palestinian residents of Israel took to the streets on Monday, in the city of Nazareth, to protest against the Israeli military attacks against their fellow Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of more than 500 Palestinians and around 14 Israeli soldiers in the past two weeks.
Arabs 48 news website said at least 15 protestors were arrested by the Israeli police who tried to stop the protest as it arrived in the city centre. The protest was called for by the follow-up committee in Nazareth.
A similar but smaller protest was organized in the town of Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem, Monday evening.
Hundreds of Palestinians and Internationals took to the streets carrying Palestinian flags and signs, condemning the Israeli attacks and calling for international intervention to stop “massacres against unarmed civilians” in the Gaza Strip. The protest was called for by the political factions and the civil society organizations in town.
The protestors expressed anger at the slaughter of hundreds of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli airstrikes and artillery attacks, as most of the victims were killed inside their homes or in the streets fleeing their targeted homes, especially in al-Shuja’eyya neighbourhood east of Gaza City.
Some of the demands were addressed to the international media to report the truth from Gaza to show the world the slaughter of civilians at the hands of the Israeli military.
A number of the protesters went to the nearby former Israeli military base, known as Ush Ghrab, and protested there, where the Israeli army has installed a military tower and the setters established a Jewish center on the land of Beit Sahour.
An IMEMC reporter said the stationed Israeli soldiers showered the protesters with tear gas in order to disperse them but they insisted to continue.