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Prisoners group to protest outside US consulate in Jerusalem

March 18, 2013 7:37 P.M. (Updated: March 19, 2013 3:07 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoners group will organize a sit-in protest on Tuesday in front of the US consulate in Jerusalem, a day before President Obama visits the region.

Director of the Jerusalem office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Nasser Qaws, told Ma'an that the protest would be an act of solidarity with Palestinians jailed in Israel.

The demonstration will take place "despite expected attempts by Israeli police to prevent it," he added.

The Palestinian prisoners movement in Israel was scheduled to take part in organizing the demonstration but Israeli police warned them that "it is an illegal protest," Qaws said.

Secretary-general of the Palestinian prisoners movement in Israel, Ayman Hajj Yahya, told Ma'an he received a phone call from Israeli police Monday warning him that the protest near the US consulate is forbidden because it is illegal.

The movement is consulting legal experts and will later announce any future developments, he added.

"The Palestinian Prisoners Society has the right to organize sit-in strikes in Jerusalem, and will not await permission from the Israeli police. It is a peaceful strike during which a letter will be handed to the US consul general urging him to take action immediately to save hunger striking Palestinian prisoners," Qaws said.
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