Global March to Jerusalem launches ahead of June protest
Published Saturday 10/05/2014 (updated) 10/05/2014 20:34
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Al-Quds international foundation on Saturday launched activities for the Global March to Jerusalem on Saturday, an event organized annually on June 6 in commemoration of the outbreak of the Six Day War that led to the 1967 Israeli occupation of Jerusalem.
Hamas-affiliated lawmaker Ahmad Abu Halabiya announced that marches would set off from Jerusalem as well as from cities in the West Bank, Gaza, and inside Israel.
Similar marches will be arranged in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, in addition to marches in 45 Arab and predominantly-Muslim countries.
The lawmaker called for Palestinians and all Palestinian parties and institutions to participate in the march and it's activities to deliver to Israel the message that "Palestinians and free people will protect Jerusalem and al-Aqsa mosque with all their power."
Abu Halabiya said in a press conference held by the legislative council in Gaza that Israel is attempting to erase the Arab features of the city, and change the city's culture to make it more Jewish than Arab.
Israel maintains a policy of "Judaization" in Jerusalem, which limits the distribution of building permits to Palestinian residents while constructing large numbers of housing units for Jewish Israelis.
The Global March to Jerusalem has been organized by activists around the world since 2012 to focus attention on Israeli policies in Jerusalem.
East Jerusalem has been under Israeli occupation since 1967.