Kenyan protesters demonstrate against Israeli atrocities in Palestine
Hundreds of Muslims in the capital of Kenya took to the streets after Eid al-Fitr prayers in a show of solidarity with Palestinians suffering from disproportionate Israeli violence and atrocities.
Police fired teargas to disperse a crowd of more than 200 people protesting in the capital of the East African nation.
Some demonstrators in Nairobi said this year they will celebrate Eid with a heavy heart as Palestinians are being massacred by Israeli forces.
“This is a very significant day, a very important day for us, this year we completed our fast despite many challenges such as hard economic times that saw some of us stay hungry, not due to fasting but because people have nothing to eat… other challenges were brought by COVID-19 effects," Hassan Abdi, 33, told Anadolu Agency.
"Israel is the last apartheid nation in the world," Boniface Mwangi, an anti-corruption and human rights activist, said just before teargas was thrown to disperse the marchers.
"Apartheid in South Africa would not have fallen without international pressure...our silence justifies what Israel is doing."Outrage growing over Israel’s escalating violence against Palestinians
Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories have been simmering with rage in the past weeks over the Israeli regime’s plan to expel dozens of Palestinians from their homes in the volatile Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the Old City in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds as part of a long-running scheme to Judaize Palestinian lands.
Their anger intensified earlier this month after Israeli attacks on Palestinian worshipers in the al-Aqsa Mosque complex during the fasting days of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
Amid the tension, Israel has launched yet another brutal aerial campaign against mainly civilian targets in Gaza. So far, more than 80 Palestinians, including women and children, have lost their lives and more than 480 others been wounded as a result of Israel’s air raids.
“It is supposed to be a joyous day for us but we are very sad, our Muslim brothers have been butchered mercilessly by the Israel Zionists who have attacked them during the holy month of Ramadan," said Ragheb Omar a businessman in Nairobi.
Jacob Njenga, a Christian who had joined one of the marches, said: “Every year Muslims invite us for their festivities, even with COVID-19 hardships they have invited us, I am marching with them to support our brothers and sisters in Palestine to be free, all Kenyans condemn wanton killing we are in solidarity with them.”
The Israeli military has been under fire globally over its crimes against Palestinians, especially those residing in Gaza, which has already been under a crippling Israeli siege.
The head of the political bureau of the Gaza-based Hamas movement has warned Israel that more retaliatory attacks await the occupied territories as long as the regime keeps up its aggression.