- Published on Monday, 11 June 2012 12:50
Occupational forces suppressed a march in Masara, preventing demonstrators from reaching their land and imposing a security cordon around the village.
The march was in solidarity with the prisoner Mahmoud Sarsak, who has become the longest-striking Palestinian captive in a spring of hunger strikes, and in protest against the continued construction of settlements. The protestors were reacting in particular to the announcement by the Israeli government of the building of 2,500 new housing units in the settlement of Gilo, which is located to the south of Jerusalem.
The march, which was organized by the group the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlement, began with the people of the village and foreign and Israeli peace activists lighting candles in front of the cultural center in the village. They and a band of young Scouts marched towards the barrier when occupational forces closed the entrance to the village.
Mahmoud Zawahra, coordinator of the organization, gave a speech in which he committed to continuing to resist the occupation and lauded the legendary steadfastness of prisoners like Sarsak in their hunger strikes. He said that the hunger strikers will inevitably triumph, as their actions have urged the international community to intervene to safe the lives of prisoners held without charge in Israeli prisons.