Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rallies Condemning Israeli Raid of Red Cross Office, Arrest of Hamas Officials

JERUSALEM, January 24, 2012 (WAFA) – Dozens of Jerusalemite legal figures of various movements and factions Rallied on Tuesday in front of the European Union’s headquarters in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, protesting against the arrest of two Hamas officials, including one Palestinian parliament member.

Israeli forces raided on Monday the International Red Cross office in East Jerusalem and arrested lawmaker Mohammad Totah and former minister of Jerusalem affairs in the Hamas government, Khaled Abu Arafeh, who took refuge at the Red Cross office more than 18 months ago to avoid Israeli arrest and expulsion from Jerusalem.

Protesters raised banners condemning the raiding of the international Red Cross and the arrest of two Hamas officials, calling on the international community and its organizations to act and break its silence.

Protesters handed a memorandum to European Union officials, in which they condemned the Israeli measures against Jerusalemite residents as well as the expelling measures taking against them.

National and popular factions will hold a sit-in in front of the international Red Cross in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, during which it will hold a public conference to condemn the arrest of two Palestinian officials, which violates international norms and conventions.

Protesters will also deliver a document protesting and denouncing such Israeli measures practiced at an international organization that has immunity.
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA