Palestinian flag/protest good illustrative 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
Israeli Arabs held a protest in support of Palestinian security prisoners
outside Megiddo Prison on Thursday.
They held banners showing solidarity
with the prisoners and demanding their release. The Monitoring Committee of the
Israeli Arab Leadership organized the rally.
Khaled an-Naftawi, a
political activist involved in the prisoner issue, told the The Jerusalem Post
three protests are being held this year in honor of Land Day, which is held on
March 30 to commemorate the deaths of six Galilee Arabs in 1976 riots over a
government decision to confiscate land.
The next protest will be on
Friday in Taibe, in the Triangle region, and on Land Day on Saturday, there will
be one in Sakhnin in the Western Galilee.
Awad Abderfattah, the secretary-general of the Balad Party who was at the demonstration at Megiddo Prison, told
the Post the protests were meant to show solidarity for the prisoners, with
emphasis on those on hunger strikes.
The goal, he said, was to “identify
with our struggle for freedom and independence, and to show we are part of the
Abderfattah went on to add that the Palestinians
“are subject to an apartheid regime.”
Land Day, explained Abderfattah,
was also important because “the land confiscation continues and is even
escalating and we feel threatened because eventually we will be kicked out of
our land, which will probably lead to war and violence.”
Many of the
Israeli Arab news websites reported on the protest at Megiddo Prison and posted
pictures of Israeli Arab politicians and community leaders who attended them.