Global March to Jerusalem 2014 around the world in photos

On Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June, people all around the world held marches and activities in support of the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ), demanding the liberation of our Holy City and freedom for all of Palestine. Below is a small selection of pictures of GMJ protests in cities around the world.

Algeria

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Germany

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Iran

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Ireland

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Jordan

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Lebanon

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Malaysia

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Mauritania

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Morocco

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Russia

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New Zealand

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Pakistan

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Sudan

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Tunisia

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Turkey

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United Kingdom

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London joins Global March to Jerusalem

Monday, 9 June 2014 / Press TV – As part of events marking the Global March for Jerusalem (al-Quds), a protest rally was held outside the Israeli embassy in London. A series of events are being held worldwide to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the eastern part of al-Quds and other parts of the Palestinian territory.

These protesters behind me say that they are demanding justice and the liberation of Jerusalem from Zionist control. They say that increasingly, Israel is placing settlers in order to tighten its grip on what was once Palestinian land. One of the main campaigns ahead of the holy month of Ramadan is the drive to have Muslims stop breaking their fasts with Israeli dates.Events are also taking place in other cities in the UK like Manchester, as well as in countries from Lebanon to New Zealand, proving that the movement to call for justice for the Palestinians is growing ever more widespread.

Lebanon marks the Global March to Jerusalem

Sunday, 8 June 2014 / Press TV – Palestinians and Lebanese demonstrators have rallied on the streets of Beirut as part of an international mobilization event dubbed the Global March to Jerusalem (Al-Quds).

The Global March to Jerusalem (al-Quds) has become an annual event, which this year marks the 47th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of east Al-Quds. People around the world including in the Lebanese capital Beirut are taking part in the event to show their solidarity with the Palestinian people as well as protesting the Israeli aggression against Palestinians there. Palestinian and Lebanese officials at the event called for a halt to Israeli aggression. They also urged unity among Arab nations.Members of various Palestinian factions believe that as long as Palestinian refugees are denied the right to go back to their homeland, no peace will be attained. This event aims to express solidarity with the Palestinians as well as to stress their right to return home. But with Arab nations not united on the Palestinian issue and many Arab leaders continuing to normalize ties with the occupiers, there seems to be no end in sight to the constant violation of the Palestinians’ right to return home.

Auckland first city to take part in world-wide day of action

New ZealandSaturday, 7 June 2014 / Kia Ora Gaza  – Auckland became the first city in the world to stage a protest activity on the international Palestine solidarity day known as the Global March on Jerusalem 2014. Activities are set to take place in many cities around the world on this day. The spirited Auckland gathering of over 60 hardy Kiwis who took part in a the mid-winter, downtown rally, attracted the attention of hundreds of others who took leaflets – many eager to discuss the issues and offer support.

Speakers from Kia Ora Gaza and Palestine Human Rights Campaign advocated for Jerusalem to be recognised as the capital of Free Palestine and for building the world-wide movement of boycotts and action to end Israel’s occupation and annexation of Palestinian land, and the illegal siege of Gaza.

Members of Auckland University Students for Justice in Palestine, Global Peace & Justice Auckland, and the recently launched NZ Palestine Solidarity Network also supported the rally.

MyGMJ movement urges Israel to liberate Palestine

Saturday, 7 June 2014 / by Asian Broadcasting Network – The Malaysian Global March to Jerusalem (MyGMJ) movement today joined other countries in condemning the actions of Israel on the anniversary of the occupation of East Jerusalem 47 years ago.

The organisers of the event, in a show of solidarity with the Palestinian people, urged the Israeli regime to free Palestine from the chains of oppression.

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Its Project Director, Khalid Jurait (pic) said this was the third year the program was being held in Malaysia.

“Every June 6 and 7,  similar events are held by Muslims around the world to remember the fall of the Palestine state to Israel in the 6-Day War of 1967.”, he said.

“As Muslims we are obligated to do this. How successful were are at pressuring the Israeli regime is up to God.”

Mohd Tahir Abdul Rahman

MyGMJ Chairman, Dr. Mohd Tahir Abdul Rahman (pic) said such events should be continued to remind the younger generation on the plight of the Palestinian people.

“There’s a lack of awareness and concern on the struggle of the Palestinian people (by the youths) so we want to educate them on what is happening to our brothers and sisters there (Jerusalem),” he said.

The MyGMJ event will culminate at the Shah Alam Independence Square where a variety of performances are being planned including special appearances by Faizal Tahir, Muadz Dzulkefly, Anas Tahir, Dr. Hafidzi Mohd Noor, Pak Agi and many more.

The Global March to Jerusalem is an annual event held in the first week of June to mark the anniversary of the start of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem following the Six Day War in 1967.

This year, at least 23 countries around the world are marking the 47th year of the event, according to organisers.

Elsewhere, in Jerusalem, protesters gathered outside Damascus Gate at the entrance to the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem to begin their march on Friday.

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Several Imams spoke about the city’s significance and the need for the world to act in its defence.

Palestinians want to make East Jerusalem the capital of the state they aim to establish, but Israel sees the city as its capital, a claim that is not internationally recognised.

Specifically, speakers described ongoing Israeli attacks against al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites in Islam, located in the Old City.

The 10-hectare al-Aqsa complex houses the Dome of the Rock, where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven. Next to the Dome of the Rock is the holiest site in Judaism called the Temple Mount.

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In recent weeks, closures and attacks on al-Aqsa have intensified. Right-wing Israeli groups have distributed leaflets calling for the mosque to be destroyed and replaced with the ‘Third Jewish Temple’.

The march winded its way through the Old City where many more Palestinians joined the protest before reaching al-Aqsa mosque, where Palestinians prepared for traditional Friday prayers.

In photos: The Global March to Jerusalem

Saturday, 7 June 2014 / by Tarek Tawfik, Middle East Eye – To mark the anniversary of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, protesters march through the Old City on Friday.

The Global March to Jerusalem is an annual event held in the first week of June to mark the anniversary of the start of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem following the Six Day War in 1967. This year, at least 23 countries around the world are marking the 47th year of the event, according to organisers.

On Friday, protesters gathered outside Damascus Gate at the entrance to the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem to begin their march.

Several Imams spoke about the city’s significance and the need for the world to act in its defence. Palestinians want to make East Jerusalem the capital of the state they aim to establish, but Israel sees the city as its capital, a claim that is not internationally recognised.

Specifically, speakers described ongoing Israeli attacks against al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites in Islam, located in the Old City.  The 25-acre al-Aqsa complex houses the Dome of the Rock, where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven.  Next to the Dome of the Rock is the holiest site in Judaism called the Temple Mount.

In recent weeks, closures and attacks on al-Aqsa have intensified. Right-wing Israeli groups have distributed leaflets calling for the mosque to be destroyed and replaced with the ‘Third Jewish Temple’.

The march winded its way through the Old City where many more Palestinians joined the protest before reaching al-Aqsa mosque, where Palestinians prepared for traditional Friday prayers.

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Protesters gather at al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City for the Global March to Jerusalem (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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The protest in Jerusalem began at 11am outside Damascus Gate (MEE/Tarek Tawfik) Several religious leaders joined the protest in support of Jerusalem, and its Palestinian identity and people (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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Several religious leaders joined the protest in support of Jerusalem, and its Palestinian identity and people (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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Recent weeks have seen widespread closures which continue to reduce the number of Palestinians who can reach Jerusalem. For most Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, reaching the city has become impossible since 2000 (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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Imams described the Zionist attacks on Jerusalem and its villages that began during the original Nakba years, but still continue today (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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A protester holds a banner that reads ‘al-Aqsa Mosque is a read line’ (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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Many Palestinian children are today growing up unable to visit Jerusalem because of the occupation’s closures and physical barriers (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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As the demonstration passed through Damascus Gate and into the Old City, many more Palestinians began to join in (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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Israeli soldiers and police monitored and followed the protest at all times but did not intervene (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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The Old City and its environs are constantly filled with various branches of the Israeli military and police forces (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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The protest filled the narrow streets leading towards al-Aqsa mosque (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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The Imams lead the protest in to the ‘Noble Sanctuary’ (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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Closures are also placed on Palestinian Christian sites in Jerusalem, notably during the recent Easter festival when many Christians were denied entry in to the Holy Sepulcher church (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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In recent weeks, Israeli officials have refused access to al-Aqsa for all adults aged under 45 (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

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In 1980, the Israeli Knesset passed a resolution to officially annex East Jerusalem to Israel. This annexation has never been recognised or accepted by most of the international community who consider East Jerusalem as occupied land (MEE/Tarek Tawfik)

Global March to Jerusalem held in Gaza

Saturday, 7 June 2014 / Press TV – At least a thousand Palestinians in the Gaza Strip participated in the Global March to Jerusalem. This global annual event which coincides with the 47th anniversary of the occupation of East Jerusalem (al-Quds) by Israeli forces is also being held in several countries around the world.

The Global March to Jerusalem is an international movement that supports the struggle of the Palestinians for freedom and condemns the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem( al-Quds). Hamas movement called on the freedom-seeking people in the world to defend the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem (al-Quds). Protesters shouted slogans demanding the liberation of the entire historic land of Palestine; from the River Jordan to the Mediterranean.This year’s march also attracted pro-Palestinian activists from the United States, Spain and France. Organizers of the Global March to Jerusalem say activities in solidarity with Jerusalem (al-Quds) will continue around the world until June the 8th. Jerusalem (al-Quds) is important to all Muslims around the world. The occupied city is especially of great significance for Palestinians who consider it as the capital of their future state.

Full programme of the Global March to Jerusalem 2014

Activities of the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) during the first week of June 2014

The major marches will be on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th, and Sunday 8th June

To commemorate the 47th anniversary of the occupation of the eastern part of Jerusalem

Under the slogan:

The people of the world demand the liberation of Jerusalem!

Download the full programme here.

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Programme of events and marches in Palestine

West Bank and Jerusalem

In the West Bank there will be rallies and activities on Friday 6th June at the usual protest points that are close to Jerusalem (details to be announced later).

And at the entrance of Jerusalem there will be a rally at the Damascus Gate at 11:00 am before Friday prayers on 6th June as well as another rally at the same place immediately after prayers. 

Thousands are expected to attend.

Gaza

There will be different activities the week before the march. On Friday 6th June the march will begin centrally and head to the nearest possible northern border of historic Palestine. The programme will culminate in a rally featuring a variety of speakers representing the different national forces.

Thousands are expected to attend.

1948 areas

The 1948 Palestinians will travel to Jerusalem to participate in the rally at Damascus Gate after Friday prayers on 6th June (details to be announced later).

Jordan

The gathering point will be at Sowayma, in the Jordan Valley, where the march will begin with a Friday prayer sermon delivered by Sheikh Mohammed Shanqeeti, followed by a rally at 2:00 pm featuring different speakers and attended by well-known Jordanian personalities, including:Engineer Abdullah Obaidat, the general coordinator of the GMJ and the president of the People for the Defence of the Holy Sites in Jerusalem; Dr. Abdul Latif Arabiyat and other national figures; the former MP Dr Odeh Kawas; the poets Nabila Al-Khatib and Yemeni freedom fighter Ahmed Al-Homeiri; and Engineer Amer Al-Tobakhi.

The main event will feature speakers focusing on the struggle to defend Jerusalem.

Artistic programme and attendees will read a special promise to defend Jerusalem and do their maximum possible to help in its liberation.

The festival will include launching the operetta “The Jerusalem Bride Spring,” produced by Sultan Al-Ajlouni, and copies will be distributed to the March participants.

Thousands are expected to attend.

Lebanon

Firstly, on Saturday 7th June, there will be a march starting at 5:00 pm at the Riad Solh Square in central Beirut and ending with a rally at the UN headquarters for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) at 6:00 pm.

Then on Sunday 8th June, there will be another march from the Othman Bin Affan Mosque in Beirut towards the UN ESCWA headquarters.

In addition, there will be activities during the first week of June, including Friday prayers sermons with campaigns to fundraise for Jerusalem and a march of youth scouts along with sports organisations, to highlight that Beirut is a capital of resistance for Jerusalem.

Thousands are expected to attend.

Egypt

Youth movements will organise events in Cairo and Alexandria (details to be announced later). However, it is clear that any activities are going to be difficult to realise because of the political situation in Egypt and the security forces refusal to let Egyptian youths protest.

Tunisia

The march will be on Friday 6th June. It will begin in front of the Municipal Theatre on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, the street of the revolution, which is the largest street in the Tunisian capital. 

Participants will proceed behind the figure of Saladin, who liberated Jerusalem, adorning the streets with Palestinian flags and in uniform, marching behind him to symbolise the liberation of Al-Aqsa Mosque and carrying a model of the Dome of the Rock.

Thousands are expected to attend.

Algeria

Multiple events will be held throughout the week, but the main march took place on Friday 30th May after afternoon prayers in the city of Tlemisan, the home of Mujahid Abu Meidean Tlemisani, a commander of Saladin’s army who participated in the liberation of Jerusalem.

Participants included Algerians and international figures, as well as civil society actors.

On Friday 6th June, there will be another gathering in the capital city of Algiers (details to be announced later).

Thousands are expected to attend.

Morocco

Various events have been held since the first week of May under the banner of the Isra and Mi’raj – the Prophet Mohammed’s ascension to heaven from Jerusalem – and the activities will culminate with rallies on Friday 6th June (details to be announced later).

Thousands are expected to attend.

Mauritania

The main rally and festival will take place on Friday 6th June, beginning after Friday prayers at the Saudi Mosque and marching towards the United Nations headquarters.

All Friday prayer sermons in Mauritania on that Friday will be dedicated to Jerusalem and its suffering under the Israeli occupation.

Thousands are expected to attend.

Turkey

A huge march and rally was organised on Saturday 31st May, starting from the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul towards the port, where a big festival was attended by thousands of Turks and international solidarity activists.

There will also be a rally on Friday 6th June in front of the Israeli embassy in Ankara (details to be announced later).

Iran

There will be Friday prayer sermons on 6th June in the major mosques in the capital of city of Tehran focusing on the suffering of Jerusalem under the Israeli occupation, followed by a rally outside of the Imam Sadiq mosque.

Sudan

With the participation of ten national organisations, there will be a march and a large festival in the city of Khartoum on Friday 6th June after Friday prayers. The march will start outside the central mosque in Khartoum and head towards the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem along the airport road, culminating in a festival featuring speeches by religious and cultural personalities to be transmitted live via satellite television.

Malaysia

Artistic, cultural and political activities kicked off during the last week of May in mosques, schools, universities and in the streets throughout Malaysia, focusing on the suffering of Jerusalem under the Israeli occupation, and will culminate in a huge festival in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday 7th June from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at Malam di Dataran Kemerdekaan Shah Alam.

Thousands are expected to attend.

Pakistan

Lahore

There will be a demonstration in the city of Lahore on Friday 6th June after the Friday prayer sermons in front of the press syndicate building.

Karachi

And there will be activities in Karachi (details to be announced later).

UK

London

There will be a rally and protest in front of the Israeli embassy in London on Saturday 7th June between 2:00 and 5:00 pm, featuring various speakers including British politicians and solidarity activists. Location: 2 Palace Green, London W8 4QB.

Thousands of brochures will be printed and distributed about the suffering of Jerusalem and the violation of Palestinian rights under the Israeli occupation.

Dozens of mosques and Islamic centres will focus Friday prayers sermons on the suffering of Jerusalem and its people.

Manchester

There will be a gathering in support of Jerusalem and its people on Friday 6th June in front of the Manchester Islamic Centre and Didsbury Mosque at 2:00 pm immediately after Friday prayers. Location: 271 Burton Road, Manchester M20 2WA.

Ireland

There will be a sit-in on Saturday 7th June at 11:00 am in front of the main post office in Dublin on O’Connell Street and a display of photographs of Jerusalem at the same location.

Sweden

In the city of Malmo, on Saturday 7th June there will be a procession of youths on bikes carrying Palestinian flags and handing out leaflets about the importance of Jerusalem and the suffering of its people under the Israeli occupation. Friday prayers sermons in mosques will also focus on the anniversary of the occupation of Jerusalem, stressing the people’s duty to protect the Holy City.

Italy

In the city of Milan, there will be a sit-in to protest against Israeli crimes and to stand in solidarity with Jerusalem and its people on Saturday 7th June at 6:00 pm in the area of Piazza Cordusio. 

Netherlands (Holland)

There will be a gathering in front of the Sayidina Ibrahim Mosque on Friday 6th June at 2:00pm in the city of Rotterdam. Location: Brug.Zaneveld straat 219 3145RE Maassluis.

Germany

Berlin

There will be a gathering in solidarity with Jerusalem, its people and holy sites on Friday 6th June at 6:00 pm in Berlin. Location: Brandenburger Tor.

Stuttgart

There will be a gathering in solidarity with Jerusalem, its people and holy sites on Friday 6th June from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in central Stuttgart. Location: Schloßplatz Stuttgart-Mitte Versammlungsbereich am Herzog-Christoph-Denkma.

Frankfurt

There will be a gathering in solidarity with Jerusalem, its people and holy sites on Sunday 8th June between 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the historic Romerplatz Square. Location: Romerberg 27, 60311, Frankfurt.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

There will be a march on Saturday 7th June that starts at 2:00 pm in Sarajevo Square near the Bank IBB in the city of Sarajevo.

Russia

On Saturday 7th June there will be a protest at 12:00 pm in the square next to Metro station 1905 in the capital of Moscow.

New Zealand

On Saturday 7th June there will be a sit-in at 2:00 pm at Downtown Centre, corner of Custom Street & Queen Street in the city of Auckland.

North America

There will be a demonstration in front of the United Nations building in New York City on Friday 6th June between 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Location: Ralph Bunche Park, 2 East 42nd Street.

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Activities of the Global March to Jerusalem 2014: Part 3

Activities of the Global March to Jerusalem during the first week of June 2014

The major marches will be on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th, and Sunday 8th June 

To commemorate the 47th anniversary of the occupation of the eastern part of Jerusalem

Under the slogan:

The people of the world demand the liberation of Jerusalem!

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Sudan – Khartoum

With the participation of ten national organisations, there will be a march and a large festival in the city of Khartoum on Friday 6th June after Friday prayers. The march will start outside the central mosque in Khartoum and head towards the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem along the airport road, culminating in a festival featuring speeches by religious and cultural personalities to be transmitted live via satellite television.

Pakistan

There will be a demonstration in the city of Lahore on Friday 6th June after the Friday prayer sermons in front of the press syndicate building.

And there will be activities in Karachi (details to be announced later).

Sweden – Malmo

In the city of Malmo, on Saturday 7th June there will be a procession of youths on bikes carrying Palestinian flags and handing out leaflets about the importance of Jerusalem and the suffering of its people under the Israeli occupation. Friday prayers sermons in mosques will also focus on the anniversary of the occupation of Jerusalem, stressing the people’s duty to protect the Holy City.

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sarajevo

There will be a march on Saturday 7thJune that starts at 2:00 pm in Sarajevo Square near the Bank IBB.

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Global solidarity is the answer to the Nakba and the Naksa

Naksa SolidarityThursday, 5 June 2014 / By Amith Gupta, Middle East Monitor – Sometimes, it seems that times are changing. When an Israeli soldier was filmed from multiple angles killing two Palestinian teenagers in the West Bank on Nakba Day, commemorating the 1948 mass expulsion of Palestinians by the nascent state of Israel, the killing was covered by CNN, the Guardian, and the New York Times. Astonishingly, most of these news sources went in depth into the killings—interviewing family members and reporting on the circumstances of the killings, during which it was clear that neither Nadeem Nawara nor Mohammad Daher, the victims, posed any sort of threat to the soldiers who opened fire on them.

But the same elements tried to bury the story nonetheless. CNN‘s Israel lobbyist-turned anchor, Wolf Blitzer, decided to have Israeli military spokesman and ambassador-turnedCNN contributor, Michael Oren give his “commentary” on the killing. Blitzer portrayed Oren as some sort of authority on the matter, rather than someone with a clear conflict of interest, and the latter proceeded to suggest that the entire killing was staged. Right-wing extremists have dubbed the denialism with the term “Pallywood”—the idea that Palestinians who are massacred on camera are staging these attacks.

The killings and the reaction to them reveal a growing conflict between increasing international solidarity with the Palestinian people and their history on one hand, and the campaign to suppress it on the other. While Wolf Blitzer’s commentary can be associated with the latter, a growing initiative of international people’s resistance, known as the Global March to Jerusalem, seeks to put the former into action by confronting Israel’s colonial borders from all angles and marching on Jerusalem. This march will take place on 6th June to coincide with the annual commemoration of the Naksa, marking the “setback” during which the Israeli occupation was extended to the West Bank and Gaza following the 1967 war.

The colonial roots of “Pallywood”

While war propaganda is not foreign to Palestinians – or any people living in a conflict zone – denying clear evidence of violence by Israeli soldiers is a sign of denialism and conspiracism, not skepticism. Indeed, it was this same mentality that landed Philippe Karsenty, a French conspiracy theorist and “journalist” a hefty fine for libel, after suggesting that the filmed killing of Palestinian youngster Mohammed Al-Dura during a clash in 2000 was likewise staged. Israel had originally taken responsibility for killing Al-Dura, before revoking the apology, examining its own conduct in a sham investigation, exonerating its soldiers, demolishing the crime scene, rejecting any international investigation from taking place to determine the killers, and even recently denying that the child is even dead. Al-Dura’s father, who was wounded during the encounter, and the reporters who captured the scene on camera, continue to blame Israeli soldiers.

In fact, Israeli soldiers have been responsible for record amounts of violence against children and youth. In 2013 alone, over a dozen unarmed Palestinian youths were killed during demonstrations. Israel has killed at least 1,400 Palestinian youths since 2001. In virtually all cases, the Palestinian youths were not involved in armed violence. Nonetheless, Israel has continued to provide virtual impunity for soldiers engaged in violence against Palestinians.

It is through this violence that the Nakba itself continues to exist as a form of on-going, brutal, and structural violence. Rather than simply a historical event with no relevance, the Nakba plays out both in the violence Israel has carried out against its victims as well as the propaganda and impunity that follows it. In that the Nakba has sought to erase an entire society, both physically and ideologically, the killing of Palestinian youths – the future of Palestine, also known as a “demographic threat” to Israeli policymakers – must be accomplished with ideological violence as well.

By categorically denying clear evidence of Israeli violence against Palestinian youths – such as footage from multiple security cameras, a CNN camera, hospital reports, funerals, testimonies from witnesses and family members, and the bullets themselves – Israel can also deny the suffering that has united the nation that is being subjugated. Just as there will always be individuals who seek out a grassy knoll shooter who killed US President John F. Kennedy or the secret stage at Area 51 where the American moon landing “really” took place, there will always be those who seek to dismiss evidence of violence against Palestinians, whether it be found in human rights reports or graphic videos.

But we should not see conspiracy theories concocted by former Israeli officials or right-wing internet bloggers outside of its context. Rather, this is the ideological aspect of the Nakba itself. Palestinians must be erased—and that means their suffering along with it.

Solidarity is the Answer

However, there is an opposite response that seems to be ringing out internationally. While some seek to bury the Nakba with the bodies of Nadeem Nawara, Mohamed Daher, and Mohamed Al-Dura – along with the evidence of the crimes committed against them – others demand visibility. Throughout the world, boycotts and divestment initiatives against the State of Israel have grown. Throughout Europe, the ability to sign contracts with companies that are complicit in the Israeli occupation and expansion has become a financial liability. Turkey – a key Israeli ally in commerce and military trade – has still issued arrest warrants for Israelis involved in the massacre of Gaza-bound aid workers. In the United States, students across US campuses continue unabashed in their social justice campaigns to divest their universities from Israel, with extraordinary successes, including votes at five out of nine University of California campuses among the dozens of others where students have voted for divestment. And in historic Palestine itself, Palestinian and Israeli initiatives like those by Zochrot seek to undermine the campaign to erase Palestinian villages that were expelled in 1948. It seems that the campaign to erase the Palestinians is not working.

Perhaps this is why initiatives like the Global March to Jerusalem have continued to maintain a large coalition. For three years, organisers from around the world, including Malaysia, India, Argentina, Italy, the UK, Palestine itself and elsewhere have organised large numbers of marchers to converge on Palestine. Every time, the march has risked deadly repression, such as the Israeli shooting of unarmed demonstrator Mahmoud Zakot. Nonetheless, this year, they will take that risk again.

There is no denying that the international movement against the violent erasure of Palestine continues to have its problems. In some rare occasions, anti-Jewish rather than anti-Zionist sentiments have emerged. In others, anti-Arabism and the enabling of Zionism has taken place by falsely accusing anti-racists of “anti-Semitism”. And perhaps more dangerously, many of the world’s violent regimes have spent empty words on solidarity with Palestinians while collaborating in the discrimination against them.

But this is not a sign of global solidarity’s lack of legitimacy. It is a sign that the movement is growing, is real, and therefore risks infusing the various problems of the imperfect societies in which it is manifest.

There is, of course, an answer: to prevent the erasure of Palestine, we must remain united and steadfast in our goal. That is what the Global March to Jerusalem seeks to do. By aiming to liberate Jerusalem from Israeli occupation through non-violence and international unity, we can make sure that the ideological and physical erasure of the colonised cannot be completed. We can demand awareness over denial, equality over racism, and liberation over occupation. Onward, to Jerusalem!

Amith Gupta is a volunteer of the Global March to Jerusalem – North America. He currently volunteers with a refugee journalism initiative in Cairo, Egypt.

Diverse nationalities, different faiths and all of humanity unite for Palestine to call for the liberation of the Holy City of Jerusalem