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