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Hundreds of fishermen and farmers participate in sit-inn called by Union of Agricultural Work Committees

Hundreds of fishermen and farmers participate in sit-inn called by Union of Agricultural Work Committees

2019-07-04
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Hundreds of fishermen and farmers participate in sit-inn called by Union of Agricultural Work Committees

 

On Thursday morning, hundreds of farmers and fishermen participated in a solidarity sit-inn in the Gaza fishermen port to denounce the Israeli Occupation Forces actions and attacks against the fishermen, which witnessed a significant escalation in recent weeks, including the frequent closing of the sea and the manipulation of fishing areas, as well as the arrest of fishermen and the confiscation of their boats and properties.

The solidarity sit-inn came with the call of UAWC and Palestinian Peasants’ Movement-PPM to denounce the policies of the Israeli occupation against the fishermen and call upon the international community and its institutions to act urgently and immediately to protect the fishermen and stop the crimes of the Israeli Occupation against them and stop the policy of collective punishment represented in access restrictions to their sources of livelihood and work freely and safely.

The fisherman Hisham Bakr, one of the owners of confiscated boats said that "the boats that were recovered from the Israeli occupation need a lot of money to repair and rehabilitate them to become seaworthy, and that the occupation has confiscated the outdoor engines and the fishing nets and tools, which also needs a lot of money to buy them".

Lawyer Mervat Al-Nahhal of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights said: "Al-Mezan Center, in cooperation with other human rights centers, has managed to recover one of the fishermen's boats and seeks to restore the rest of the confiscated boats, in addition to the engines and the fishing tools of these boats. Al-Nahhal considered the Israeli occupation forces attacks against the fishermen is a policy of collective punishment and violation of human rights.

The coordinator of the Fishermen local committees, Zakaria Bakr, called on the international community and human rights organizations to work hard to protect the fishermen and stop the Israeli aggression against them, and bring the occupation leaders to the international courts for the crimes that are committed and still committed against the fishermen in Gaza.

At the end of the sit-inn Saad Eddin Ziada said that the Union of Agricultural Work Committees will always be at the forefront of the defenders of fishermen rights and will not abandon them. They will spare no effort to expose the violations of the Israeli occupation and to increase international solidarity with them in order to pressure the Israeli occupation to stop the attacks in all its forms, which are committed against fishermen.