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Erik McGregor is a New York City based artist, photographer and activist.

New York City stands in solidarity with the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip

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New York, NY – Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered in Union Square on April 6, 2018; to show solidarity with the tens of thousands of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip carrying out the historic Great March of Return and to mourn the lives of 20 Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli forces along the border.

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On Friday, March 30 an estimated 30,000 Palestinians in Gaza took part in the Great March of Return along the electric fence that has kept more than 2 million people imprisoned for more than a decade. The march, organized by a cross section of civil society, grassroots activists, and political factions in the occupied enclave, called for an end of the Gaza’s brutal siege and the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Conditions in Gaza are currently “unlivable,” as described by the UN, with severe electricity shortages and water contamination, on top of periodic military assaults by Israeli forces.

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Israel reacted to families walking and chanting with a brutal show of force. Israeli snipers opened fire with live ammunition against the protestors and deployed tear gas against them by drones, killing at least 20 Palestinians and injuring more than 1,500, half of which were shot with live ammunition. The Israeli army claimed online on March 30 that, “Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.”

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And yet, tens of thousands of Palestinians remain steadfast. They aim to stay 45 days until May 15, the 70th anniversary of the “Nakba,” Arabic for “catastrophe,” when 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes for the creation of the state of Israel.

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We condemn these killings. We mourn the 20 Palestinians killed. New York City stands with the tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza in this historic new wave of organizing and their quest to return home.

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Hosted by: 

  • Jewish Voice for Peace – NYC
  • Adalah-NY
  • Apartheid Divest CUNY
  • Palestine Solidarity Alliance of Hunter College
  • Tarab NYC
  • NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid
  • Jews say No!
  • Women in Black Union Square
  • NYC-DSA Anti-War Working Group
  • Within our Lifetime • United for Palestine 
  • American Muslims for Palestine – NJ Chapter
  • NYU Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Students for Justice in Palestine at Hunter College
  • Students for Justice in Palestine at John Jay College
  • Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
  • Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
  • NY4Palestine
  • Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
  • NYU Students for Justice in Palestine

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