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Pro-Palestinian march turns violent in Paris, synagogue attacked

Published time: July 14, 2014 01:30
Edited time: July 15, 2014 12:00
A protester wearing a kaffiyeh and wrapped in a Palestinian flag raises his fist on July 13, 2014 in Paris. (AFP Photo / Kenzo Tribouillard)

A protester wearing a kaffiyeh and wrapped in a Palestinian flag raises his fist on July 13, 2014 in Paris. (AFP Photo / Kenzo Tribouillard)

Thousands of people marched in Paris on Sunday to protest Israel’s Operation Protective Edge which has left over 160 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians. Some demonstrators clashed with police and attacked a synagogue.

Around 10,000 protesters walked peacefully through central Paris. They carried a large banner saying: "Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People,” according to AP.

The demonstration turned violent at the end of the march on Bastille Square when some protesters started throwing projectiles at police officers, who in turn responded with tear gas, AFP reported.

Protesters wearing kaffiyehs hold a Palestinian flag and a fake rocket with the Israeli flag, swastikas and a nuclear symbol on July 13, 2014 in Paris, during a demonstration against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip. (AFP Photo / Kenzo Tribouillard)

Police also blocked off a group of protesters from entering two synagogues, according to AP. One of the synagogues was attacked during a service, with worshippers briefly blocked inside. Police successfully pushed back the protesters, and those stuck inside were then able to leave, according to a police spokeswoman.

One of the people trapped in the synagogue told Israel’s Channel 2 News that protesters threw stones and bricks at the building “like it was an intifada,” The Times of Israel reported.

The French branch of the far-right Jewish Defense League said that one person was seriously injured and three were slightly hurt. However, this claim could not be verified.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has raised tensions in Paris, which is home to Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish communities.

Protesters hold Palestinian flags banners and placards, including one with the image of French president Francois Hollande and the word "assassin", on July 13, 2014 in Paris. (AFP Photo / Kenzo Tribouillard)

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the violence is "inadmissible," adding that "France will never tolerate using violent words or acts to import the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on our soil."

Before the protest turned violent, demonstrators shouted slogans such as “We Are All Palestinians!” and “Only One Solution, End the Occupation!”

“I came to say no to this massacre,” protester Amid Hamadouch told AFP. “They are bombing innocent people. There are missiles being launched by Hamas, but the Israeli response is disproportionate. They are attacking the civilian population and not Hamas officials.”

Protesters hold a large Palestinian flag on July 13, 2014 in Paris, during a demonstration against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip. (AFP Photo / Kenzo Tribouillard)

Meanwhile, in the northern French city of Lille, somewhere between 2,300 and 6,000 people held a peaceful protest. The numbers differ due to different accounts given by police and the organizers, AFP reported.

Operation Protective Edge entered its sixth day on Sunday, with a total of 167 Palestinians killed. Around 70 percent of those killed in Gaza were civilians, of whom 30 percent were children, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Saturday was the deadliest day since the operation began, as Israeli airstrikes on Gaza killed 52 people.

Comments (113)

 

DrummerDave 26.07.2014 23:50

The Muzzies, who originated in Arabia, seem to have spread all over the place and occupied many countries, including North Africa. They have also spread into Europe where they are causing public disorder. Indeed, their hunger for land is so great that they are even laying claim to parts of Israel, the historic homeland of the Jewish people. The Arabs have a landmass that is 500 times larger than the pitifully small State of Israel. They need to be driven out of Europe and Israel!

 

Reg 17.07.2014 17:13

Rabid Sloth 16.07.2014 15:19

Look at these muslims causing trouble in Europe. Makes me sick.

  


Rabies, just think for a moment why you the Zionists are disliked so much, regardless of where you go. Your family and mates have been in Europe for decades and yet the public opinion is so much against you. Have you ever wondered why!?

 

Reg 17.07.2014 17:10

[quote name='stefano barbosa' time='17.07.2014 14:19']

zionist gang JDL attacked propalestinians[/quo te]

So the Zionists didn't need CNN or BBC concocting any stories then!

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