SIDON: Lebanese and Palestinian journalists demonstrated Thursday in Martyrs’ Square, Sidon, in an act of solidarity with the journalists killed in the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza.
The activists and journalists gathered to express their grief for the death of six Palestinian journalists so far, and to condemn the Israeli attacks on civilians and reporters in Gaza.
Journalists stood for a moment of silence over the deaths of their fellow reporters, laying their cameras on the ground.
Called for by Hamas, the protest was held at the Sidon’s Martyrs’ Square, named in memory of those who were killed during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.
Nazih Naqouzi, a journalist from Al-Anwar newspaper, made a speech in which he likened the Israeli attacks on Palestinian journalists to their attacks on Lebanese reporters in previous wars.
“This is not the first time that journalists pay the price of Israeli offensives,” Naqouzi said. “It was preceded by many similar incidents, and we in Lebanon have witnessed long years of Israeli attacks on journalists."
"Palestine and the Palestinian media are living the same suffering that we have lived, from which we emerged victorious, and the Palestinians will also emerge victorious."
Participants held pictures of the reporters, and listened to Hamas’ Sidon media officer Walid Al-Kilani's speech, in which he promised that Hamas' armed struggle would not stop before achieving its objectives.
“The [Hamas] movement will go on bombing the Zionist enemy and its colonies with rockets,” Kilani said. “We are fighting for the Palestinian people’s sake, and we will push out this occupier, who is proud of killing children and the elderly, and bombing the schools in which they take refuge.”