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Israeli protesters call for end to 50-year occupation of Palestine

Hundreds of Israelis have held a protest rally in Israel’s Haifa to call for an end to the Tel Aviv regime’s 50-year occupation of Palestinian territories.

The Israelis rallied in Haifa on Monday, the anniversary of the Six-Day War fought on June 5-10, 1967 between the Israeli regime on the one side and Egypt, Jordan, and Syria on the other.

At the end of that war, Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds, the Gaza Strip, and parts of the Golan Heights. Israel later withdrew from Gaza but lay a siege to it.

The war and Israel’s ensuing land seizure displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians. Palestinians describe those developments as “Naksa” (Setback) and mark the Naksa Day every year on June 5.

Israel is required to withdraw from all the territories seized in the war under the United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, adopted months after the Six-Day War, in November 1967; but the Tel Aviv regime has been in non-compliance of that piece of international law ever since.

During the Monday event, the Israeli demonstrators carried Palestinian flags as well as banners and signs reading, “There is another way,” apparently referring to the possibility of the so-called two-state solution.

“I am here to demonstrate against the occupation, and the oppression of the Palestinian people, and to call on all the world to recognize now the independent Palestinian state. It’s the base for real negotiations for peace between Israel and Palestine,” said an activist who had taken part in the protest.

Another activist described the continuation of the Israeli occupation over the past half a century as “a very bad thing.”

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