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PHOTOS: Ramallah rallies for a Palestinian state

Thousands take to the streets in Ramallah on September 21, 2011 Photo By Joseph Dana

Thousands take to the streets in Ramallah on September 21, 2011 Photo By Joseph Dana

At least 3,000 Palestinians took to the streets of Ramallah in support of the PLO’s statehood bid in the United Nations. The PA officially closed Palestinian schools in order to boost numbers of protesters. Roughly 80,000 PA employees were also given the day off in order to join the demonstrations. The demonstration took place in Clock Square which has been recently renamed Yassir Arafat Square. Massive signs with the words “UN 194” covered many of the buildings ringing the square.

Various speakers addressed the mostly young crowd with strong speeches declaring the right of Palestine to full membership in the United Nations. Many speakers stressed the fact the peace process has failed and it is now time for Palestine to be a state. The PLO’s official band, Al Asheqeen, also played for the crowd  in the afternoon sun of Ramallah. The atmosphere was festive and jubilant without harsh revolutionary overtones. Pro-statehood demonstrations are also being held in Hebron, Bethlehem and Nablus.

Heavy PA police presence was seen throughout the streets of Ramallah as many undercover PA police were combing the area in order to contain the demonstrations inside PA controlled Ramallah. After the Ramallah demonstration got underway, Israel closed the Qalandia checkpoint separating Jerusalem and Ramallah leading to small clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. Haaretz is reporting that the Israeli army has used the ‘Scream’ to disperse the protesters.  Palestinian activists are also reporting that Israeli settlers are dressing as Palestinians in order to infiltrate pro-statehood rallies and to attack demonstrators. Additionally, the Israeli army has reportedly fined Palestinians near Israeli checkpoints who had the pro-statehood flag.

Thousands take to the streets in Ramallah on September 21, 2011 Photo By Joseph Dana

Thousands take to the streets in Ramallah on September 21, 2011 Photo By Joseph Dana

Thousands take to the streets in Ramallah on September 21, 2011 Photo By Joseph Dana

Thousands take to the streets in Ramallah on September 21, 2011 Photo By Joseph Dana

Posters in Ramallah in favor of statehood. Photo by Joseph Dana

Posters in Ramallah in favor of statehood. Photo by Joseph Dana

Thousands in the streets of Ramallah Photo by Joseph Dana

Thousands in the streets of Ramallah Photo by Joseph Dana

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    1. Amit

      ♡ I ℒℴѵℯ PALESTINE

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    2. Jalal

      so there I am in picture (3) chilling over that rooftop :p

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    3. Guler Ozgenc

      .. and I am.. everywhere!.. spiritually. My heart remained in Ramallah.

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    4. AYLA

      you rock, Joseph Dana.

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    5. Lacy

      You know that’s all these people do now, all they care about, well most of them.. Being in pictures online, faking that they care, fooling around! Being on aljazeera, half of them dont give a shit about a Palestinian state. That’s why I doubt (until we change one by one) that we will ever gain independence like the Egyptians, tunsians……

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    6. Ben Israel

      This is certainly the most important and meaningful event in the Middle East since that guy in Baghdad threw his shoe at President Bush and that other guy pulled down the flag from the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

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    7. Jalal

      @Lacy
      If it was directed at me, what I meant isn’t what you think. I avoided that as much as possible, I didn’t want to look like one of those participants. that is why I didn’t go down with the crowd.

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    8. Zissa Ramani Facebook

      Blessing for Palestine it will one day. The world believes in you. We the true human race not bigot politicians, has compassion for your right to exist.

      The Palestinians will be know in history as a race who was denied the right to exist longer than any other race in history.

      Never give up because you are going to get there. When I’M not for sure, NOW YES, but hold up your heads as Palestine will return.

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    9. Ben Israel

      Zissa Ramani Facebook-
      Since when are the Palestinians a “race”? The first clause of the Palestinian constitution says the Palestinians are an integral part of the Arab world (i.e. “race”) and they will “work for Arab unity”. Now, since there are something like 23 Arab countries, how can the Palestinians say they have been “denied the right to exist”?

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    10. Zissa Ramani Facebook

      BEN ISRAEL

      IN YOUR WRITING YOU SAID—– “Arab world (i.e. “race”)” THAT IS YOUR ANSWER.

      My answer to you is they are Arab Palestinians and meaning a human race as the Zionist racist Israel say they are not a race.

      I’M defending them as a human who deserved to have Palestine returned to them the only rightfully owners of beautiful Palestine.

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    11. Zissa Ramani

      Zissa Ramani has been blocked from Facebook

      Please let people know APIAC did this to CENSORSHIP us with the help of Facebook.

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