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Fatah youth organizes rally to protest Israeli marathon

March 3, 2013 10:01 A.M. (Updated: March 4, 2013 3:20 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Fatah's Youth Movement organized a bike rally in the West Bank on Saturday to protest the Jerusalem marathon a day earlier, which passes through occupied East Jerusalem.

Over one hundred people took part in the rally, which began in the East Jerusalem town of al-Eizariya and headed towards Jericho. The activists attempted to use settler-only roads, with 50 people stopped at a checkpoint near Maale Adumim.

Around 50 participants managed to finish the rally.

Hassan Faraj, the head of the Fatah Youth Movement in the West Bank, said that the activity was organized to strengthen popular resistance.

Fatah youth will continue its programs of popular resistance to support Palestinian prisoners and resist Israeli rights violations.

Palestinian officials had already called on companies and individuals involved in Friday's marathon to withdraw their support for the event, which includes areas of occupied East Jerusalem.

Becoming involved in the event risks being "complicit in covering up Israel’s grave human rights abuses in its occupation of the State of Palestine," three Palestinian sports agencies said in a joint statement.

"This marathon is part and parcel of other Israeli policies and practices in Jerusalem that are aimed at exerting Israeli control over the occupied city and isolate it from the rest of Palestine," they said.
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