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Julie Webb-Pullman: Gazan women at Global March to Jerusalem

Published: Mon 26 Mar 2012 11:53 AM
Gazan women join the demands of the Global March to Jerusalem
Scores of women today held an event outside the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza City, in the lead up to this Friday’s Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ).
The GMJ is drawing global attention to the dangers to Jerusalem’s very survival as the embodiment of the cultural heritage of the three monotheistic religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
Many of the women present were older, and carried keys to the homes they were forced out of in 1948.
The gathering was addressed by Hamas spokesperson Mosher Al Masry, and Dr Ahmed Abu Halabiya, head of the Gaza GMJ Committee, and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
Throughout the speeches the women cheered and chanted, adding their voices to the demands for recognition of their rights as the indigenous people of Palestine, their right of return to their homeland, and their rights to hold their own religious and political beliefs, free from discrimination.
The right of return is a right recognised by international law under UN Resolution 194.
The speakers emphasized that the global march on Friday is a peaceful initiative which will not use violence to achieve its goals, and called for the participation of all factions, ideologies, and social movements.
Among prominent supporters of the march, which will take place on Palestinian Land Day, are Noble Laureates Desmond Tutu and Mairead Maguire, the latter of whom will be participating in the march in Lebanon.
The message from the women of Gaza was loud and clear - they have waited long enough to return home.


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Mosher Al Masry speaking, Dr Ahmed Abu Halabiya 3rd from right


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Scores of Palestinian women demand their rights


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Right of return


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Right to religious belief


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Right to political opinion


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Right to a future free from discrimination


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Rights of the indigenous people to their land


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We've waited long enough
ENDS

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