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Hundreds of international activists at Nablus peace rally

Aug. 12, 2011 9:52 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 12, 2011 10:44 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of international activists descended on the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday to hold a peace rally.

Around 1,200 people from over 22 countries gathered in the city center, wearing white with peace written in Arabic, English and Hebrew emblazoned on their clothes.

They sang songs about freedom and peace, raised Palestinian flags and were joined by Nablus governor Jibril Al-Bakri, his deputy Anan Al-Ateera, heads of security and local organization directors.

Al-Bakri addressed the activists, thanking them "on behalf of Nablus governorate, because you came to Nablus to say, from this city, that there is a Palestinian people who deserves life and peace."

"We are determined to achieve our dream of establishing our state within all of the 1967 borders with all of our political and diplomatic powers," he told the gathering.

Karen Pearl, from 'Cable international center' in Los Angeles who organized the event, said "we came today to say that peace should be achieved."

"We came from different countries of the world with various religious and political beliefs, but one thing gathering us together is the humanity that is represented in achieving peace."

The activists arrived on 25 buses from Jerusalem, organizers said, and visited historic attractions in the city, including the old city, Beer Yacob church, and Joseph's tomb.
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