Today, over two hundred mostly young people gathered in the center of Prague for another demonstration in support of Palestinian rights. The event was convened for the fifth time by the initiative Not in our name! – For a just peace in the Middle East, according to which Israel commits war crimes and state terrorism in the Gaza Strip in the name of self-defense.
After the speeches, the participants of today’s pro-Palestinian protest went from Wenceslas Square to Old Town Square around 6:45 p.m. On the way, they stopped in the lower part of the square for a few more speeches. The march attracted the attention of people in the streets, many took pictures of the passing procession, some expressed support for the protesters, others criticized them.
In addition to Israel, the speakers also criticized some Czech media for their biased coverage of Palestine and Palestinians. The government, which the protesters say is too pro-Israel, has also received criticism.
Several people arrived at the event with Israeli flags, which were separated from the protesters by members of the anti-conflict team. The police officers present did not have to deal with any conflict. In the end, the organizers announced that the protests will continue next Wednesday.
Israelis and supporters of the Jewish state have also gathered in the center of Prague several times since the attack by the Hamas terrorist movement on Israeli civilians at the beginning of October.
On October 7, Hamas militants invaded the territory of southern Israel, killed approximately 1,400 mostly civilians, and abducted more than two hundred more people to the Gaza Strip. Israel responded by bombing the Gaza Strip and ground operations in Palestinian-held territory. More than 10,000 people have died so far, according to the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority.
Immediately after the attack, the Czech government and President Petr Pavel unequivocally supported Israel and its right to self-defense against Palestinian radicals from Hamas. (ČTK)