Palestinians Call for ‘Day of Rage’ During Trump Visit

 

  • Demonstrators protest outside the Israeil Embassy in west London July 26, 2014.

    Demonstrators protest outside the Israeil Embassy in west London July 26, 2014. | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 May 2017
The Day of Rage, as well as President Trump’s visit, will coincide with the continuation of the ongoing hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners, which entered its 34th day on Saturday.

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah called for a “Day of Rage” to be held on Tuesday, when U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in occupied Jerusalem, Ma’an News Agency reported Saturday.

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In “a call for unity and assimilation with our brave prisoners,” various nationalist factions in Ramallah called on the Palestinian people to hold rallies coinciding with Trump’s visit. The statement also called for a three-hour strike on Sunday, and a general strike on Monday, Ma’an reported.

The Day of Rage, as well as President Trump’s visit, will coincide with the continuation of the ongoing hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners, which on Saturday entered its 34th day.

The call also asks for activists in the West bank and occupied rural areas to block off roads to traffic, and to refuse to let Israeli settler vehicles through, according to Ma’an.

The hunger strike has been accompanied by an escalation of demonstrations throughout the occupied territories, as well as solidarity demonstrations around the world demanding that Israeli authorities meet the demands of the striking prisoners.

Israeli officials have refused to meet prisoner’s demands, and instead have further cracked down on prisoner’s rights by removing access to clothing and placing several leaders in solitary confinement.

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Trump’s visit to the occupied territories is his second stop on his first international trip abroad as president of the United States, following his visit to Saudi Arabia where he brokered an arms deal with the kingdom on Saturday.

The meeting is expected to reinforce the relationship between the Trump administration and Israel, continuing the long and cozy relationship between the U.S. and Israeli occupiers.

“We look forward to receiving President Trump, and we want to work with … the President… He’s coming here to strengthen our great alliance,” Netanyahu said about the expected visit, according to CNN.

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US Interventions Worst Disgrace to Humanity: Bolivia’s Morales

  • Bolivian President Evo Morales speaks during an interview in front of a portrait of Ernesto

    Bolivian President Evo Morales speaks during an interview in front of a portrait of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara (FILE) | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 May 2017
The Indigenous leader’s message comes amid the ongoing U.S. aggression against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Syrian Arab Republic.

The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, took to his Twitter platform Saturday, saying that unilateral military interventions by the U.S. are “‘the worst disgrace to humanity’ to befall a nation.”

“La peor desgracia de la humanidad” para una nación, es una intervención militar norteamericana de carácter unilateral.

In a second tweet, Evo noted that “‘the worst disgrace to humanity’ is to build military bases and (launch) interventions to steal natural resources, violating human rights.”

“La peor desgracia de la humanidad” son las intervenciones y bases militares para saquear recursos naturales, violando Derechos Humanos

The tweets from the Indigenous leader and Bolivian head of state were meant to address the ongoing intervention in Syria by the United States and a campaign of sabre-rattling aggression against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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Morales has long been outspoken in his denunciations of U.S. imperialism, recently airing his “fear and concern” over the U.S. aggressive campaign in the Korean peninsula and its attack on a Syrian air field.

Last month, he remarked in an interview with teleSUR on the unprecedented diplomatic pressure spearheaded by the U.S. against Venezuela through the Organization of American, reminding viewers of late Cuban President Fidel Castro’s characterization of the OAS as “the U.S. Ministry of Colonies.”

The popular Bolivian president also has said that imperialism “constantly conspires and what we are seeing now – economic aggression, economic wars – have resulted in (imperialism) being able to again have geopolitical control in our region.”

“I can’t understand (this attitude), any authority must give more thought to humanity, any authority must respect the equality of peoples,” Morales remarked in an interview with RT in April.

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