Palestinians in West Bank protest against Israel’s attacks on Gaza

Palestinians in Ramallah Voice Anguish and Dissatisfaction, Criticize Palestinian Authority's Response

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah have taken to the streets to express their anger and solidarity with their fellow Palestinians in Gaza, who have been under Israeli airstrikes since October 7.

On Friday afternoon, hundreds of people gathered outside the Jamal Abdel Nasser Mosque after the prayer. They held flags posters and chanted slogans for “Freedom for Palestine!”.

They were also frustrated with the Palestinian Authority, which is led by Fatah and cooperates with Israel in some areas of the West Bank. They accused it of being weak, corrupt, and ineffective in protecting the Palestinian people.

Sabri Saidam, a senior Fatah official, blamed the West for failing the Palestinians. He said that Israel was violating the rights and dignity of the Palestinians and that the world was ignoring their plight.

He referred to the speech of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations in New York, where he warned that the situation was unsustainable and dangerous.

Hamas finds support among West Bank Palestinians.

Despite being rivals, Fatah and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, seemed to have some common ground in the protest. Some of the demonstrators waved green Hamas flags, along with the yellow Fatah banners and the black-white-green-red Palestinian flags.

Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by many Western and Arab countries, as well as the European Union. It has claimed responsibility for killing and kidnapping hundreds of Israelis in its attacks on October 7.

But some Palestinians in the West Bank see Hamas as the only force that can resist Israel’s occupation and aggression. One of them is Isla Hijab, a professor who initially refused to talk to DW, saying that it was biased and Zionist. She later agreed to share her views.

She said that Palestinians were not terrorists but freedom fighters who had been struggling for their rights for more than 70 years. She said that Hamas was part of Palestinian society and should be respected as such.

She also criticized Germany and other countries for having double standards when it came to the lives of Israelis and Palestinians. She said that Israel was committing genocide in Gaza while the Western media were looking the other way and repeating that Israel had the right to defend itself.

Fear and grief for Gaza

Many Palestinians in the West Bank have relatives and friends in Gaza, where more than 4,300 people have been killed by Israeli attacks, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry. The Israeli military says it is targeting Hamas militants and infrastructure. Still, many civilians have also been caught in the crossfire.

Some of the protesters in Ramallah have lost their loved ones or are worried about their safety. One of them is Hiyam Mouhammed Ibrahim, an older woman who wears black clothes and holds a handkerchief. Her daughter lives in Gaza with her family.

She says that Israel is bombing buildings with civilians inside and that she does not know if her daughter is alive or dead. She says that she prays for God to protect her and all the people of Gaza.

She says that she hopes that one day, there will be peace and justice in Palestine and that all the children will live in freedom and dignity.

Alok Verma

Alok Verma is an accomplished International Reporter at IndiaFocus with a deep-seated passion for global affairs and cross-border stories. With an impressive track record in international journalism, Alok is dedicated… More »

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