Women’s Day Rally at Qalandiya Checkpoint Tear-gassed and Pepper-Sprayed by Israeli Army

To mark the International Women’s Day, Palestinians gathered at Qalandiya checkpoint that separates Ramallah from occupied Jerusalem for a peaceful rally celebrating human rights and demanding the end of Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Palestinian women start marching to Qalandiya checkpoint, to mark International Women's Day (8 March).

Palestinian women start marching to Qalandiya checkpoint, to mark International Women’s Day (8 March).

Several hundred women from various cities of Palestine participated in the non-violent march.

Several hundred women from various cities of Palestine participated in the non-violent march.

Qalandiya checkpoint, International Women's Day 2015.

Qalandiya checkpoint, International Women’s Day 2015.

Advancing to Qalandiya checkpoint that separates Ramallah and occupied Jerusalem.

Advancing to Qalandiya checkpoint that separates Ramallah and occupied Jerusalem.

Women and children arrived from the cities of Nablus, Ramallah, Al-Khalil (Hebron), Akka, Haifa, Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and surrounding villages. Holding banners and chanting resistance slogans they advanced to the notorious checkpoint and were met with a barrage of tear gas, sound bombs, pepper-spray, insulting shouts, and threats. All these came from well-armed Israelis in military uniform.

Several people got severely attacked with pepper spray from zero distance as they approached metal fences at the checkpoint.

Suffering from tear gas inhalation. Israeli army shot indiscriminately at a crowd of unarmed civilians.

Suffering from tear gas inhalation. Israeli army shot indiscriminately at a crowd of unarmed civilians.

The first round of tear gas came suddenly, forcing people to run away from the poisonous fumes.

The first round of tear gas came suddenly, forcing people to run away from the poisonous fumes.

Members of the press were prevented from doing their job by a pushing and screaming Israeli commander.

Members of the press were prevented from doing their job by a pushing and screaming Israeli commander.

Passing through Qalandiya checkpoint.

Passing through Qalandiya checkpoint.

Tear gas canisters and sound bombs were thrown directly at unarmed civilians. Members of the press – all clearly identified with the word PRESS on their vests – were not spared either. Dozens of people, especially children and the elderly, suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Their tear-gas shooting device broke down. Less poisonous gas for Palestinians.

Their tear-gas shooting device broke down. Less poisonous gas for Palestinians.

Israeli occupation army getting ready to shoot at people.

Israeli occupation army getting ready to shoot at people.

A stone against the world's fourth mightiest army.

A stone against the world’s fourth mightiest army.

Such is International Women’s Day in occupied Palestine, courtesy of the Israeli occupation army.