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PLC holds session near Gaza-Israel border

First deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Ahmad Bahar (C) attends the opening ceremony of the maritime police building in Al Rimai region of Gaza City, Gaza on 22 December, 2016 [Mohammed Asad/Anadolu Agency]
First deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Ahmad Bahar (C) attends the opening ceremony of the maritime police building in Al Rimai region of Gaza City, Gaza on 22 December, 2016 [Mohammed Asad/Anadolu Agency]

The Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in the Gaza Strip yesterday held a session in a tent set up near the Strip’s eastern border to support the Great March of Return which is scheduled for Friday.

PLC Deputy Speaker Ahmed Bahar said: “We hold an unprecedented session near the temporary border with the aim of reaching our Palestinian lands occupied in 1948.”

Bahar said the meeting is an affirmation of the sanctity of the Palestinian rights and constants, which cannot be abandoned.

He announced the council’s support for the Great March of Return, which is to be held on Land Day.

“Our children will set up tents on the borders of Gaza Strip which will represent the Palestinian villages and towns from which we were expelled in 1948.”

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Bahar explained that the marches aim to expose the Israeli crimes and highlight the international community’s humanitarian, legal and moral responsibilities towards the Palestinian people.

“This meeting is a sign of loyalty to more than five million Palestinian refugees waiting to return to the homes they were expelled from in 1948… Those who waive or negotiate the right of return commit the crime of treason,” he added.

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