Tue 31 Oct 2023 2:37 pm - Jerusalem Time

Vigils in the West Bank in support of Palestinian detainees and denouncing the aggression on Gaza Strip

Today, Tuesday, the governorates of the West Bank witnessed marches and vigils denouncing the ongoing Israeli occupation crimes against our people since the seventh of this month, and in support of detainees in Israeli occupation prisons.

Since October 7, more than 8,000 martyrs have died, while the number of casualties has exceeded 20,000, and the percentage of children, women, and the elderly among the martyrs’ toll has reached 73%. While the death toll in the West Bank rose to 124 martyrs, and about 2,050 injuries.


Dozens of citizens participated in a stand in support of the detainees, denouncing the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip since the seventh of this month.

In the protest called for by the Ministry of Women's Affairs, the participants gathered in front of the UNRWA headquarters in the center of Hebron, and raised banners bearing expressions denouncing the crimes committed by the Israeli occupation against our people, especially children and women.

Director of the Women and Children’s Department in the Hebron Governor’s Office, Iman Abu Rayyan, said, “We demand an end to this Israeli aggression to protect our citizens and the sons of our Palestinian people, and to release all male and female prisoners.”


Citizens and representatives from the annual sector in official, security, civil institutions, and local bodies participated in a protest organized in the center of the city of Jenin, denouncing the aggression on the Gaza Strip, and in support of the detainees in the occupation prisons.

Union President Wafa Zakarneh said, “What is happening is genocide against our people in the Gaza Strip, and continuing crimes in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and is a disgrace to the world.”

She denounced the international silence and the need for the international community to stand up to its responsibilities.

In a related context, central student marches were launched in Jenin schools and its camp, organized by the Jenin Education Directorate, denouncing the crimes of the occupation against our people in Gaza and the West Bank.


A crowd of Salfit Governorate employees and the Palestinian Ministry of Women’s Affairs participated in a mass stand in support of Gaza, in front of the Salfit Governorate House.

The participants raised banners denouncing the Israeli aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip, calling on the international community to immediately assume its responsibilities towards the needs of the Strip, especially humanitarian aid and fuel, protecting civilians, hospitals and places to shelter the displaced, and holding the occupation accountable for its crimes against our people in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and for the crimes of the colonists who receive protection from them. Occupation soldiers to kill our people in the West Bank and seize the land in order to expand their colonial plans.

The Governor of Salfit, Abdullah Kamil, said that what is happening in the Gaza Strip is a crime of the era in every sense of the word, in light of international failure and silence, with the aim of forcibly displacing our people.


Directors of official and popular institutions, feminist cadres, representatives of the women’s sector, representatives of the security services, unions, and associations participated in the protest organized by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, in front of the headquarters of Qalqilya Governorate.

Qalqilya Governorate Director of Activities Hossam Abu Hamda said that the occupation army, with its barbarism, its persistence in killing and destruction, and its perpetration of crimes, denies all international and humanitarian legislation, and acts with a doctrine based on the logic of gangs, and its persistence in killing, under the cover of some countries that claim democracy and care for human rights.

He stressed that despite these crimes, we are steadfast and continuing to achieve our dream of freedom and independence and establishing our independent state, with Holy Jerusalem as its capital. He also saluted the steadfast and patient Palestinian women, especially in the Gaza Strip.

For her part, Director of the Governor's Office, Sawsan Ghashash, said, "The situation is catastrophic in the Gaza Strip. There is no electricity, no water, no fuel, no health care, and no education, amid international failure."

She stressed the importance of paying attention to the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, and taking action to end this war.


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Vigils in the West Bank in support of Palestinian detainees and denouncing the aggression on Gaza Strip