Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Israelis, Palestinians and Internationals Protest Occupation of Orient House

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Israelis, Palestinians and Internationals Protest Occupation of Orient House

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ISRAELIS, PALESTINIANS AND INTERNATIONALS PROTEST OCCUPATION OF ORIENT HOUSE

Standing together to protest the Sharon government's occupation of Orient House and other Palestinian institutions in Arab East Jerusalem, some 300 Israeli and Palestinian demonstrators gathered in front of Jerusalem's St. George's Cathedral on Aug. 15. Chanting "Peace Yes--Occupation No!" and "Hands off the Orient House!" the demonstrators surged onto the Nablus Road.

A forest of banners were carried by Israelis of the Women's Coalition and Gush Shalom and a whole spectrum of smaller contingents; Palestinians of various political affiliations and social classes, from dignitaries in neat clothes to young boys; and the internationals--Americans, Italians, French, Canadians, Danes--who had borne much of the brunt of protests in the previous four days. At the procession's head marched Knesset members Issam Mahul of Hadash, Taleb al-Sana of the United Arab List, and dissident Laborite KM Yossi Katz, together with such religious dignitaries as Akram Sabri, the Mufti of Jerusalem, and the Anglican Bishop Riah Abu El-Asal.

A larger stream of East Jerusalem Palestinians joined the protest, listening to speeches by the young Abd-El-Kader al-Husseini, who spoke movingly of peace and coexistence and Jerusalem as the capital of two states, and vowed to continue in the way of Faisal Husseini, his illustrious father. After the Knesset members spoke, Uri Avnery of Gush Shalom and Gila Svirsky of the Women's Coalition spoke. …

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