TEHRAN — On Thursday afternoon, a group of journalists and political activists staged a protest outside the Palestinian Embassy in Tehran to express sympathy for Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian journalist who was brutally shot in the face. head by Israeli snipers.
At the rally, which was also attended by several university students, participants carried posters condemning the Israeli regime’s aggressions in various parts of occupied Palestine, such as Sheikh Jarrah, the Negev or Jenin.
Abu Akleh, a Palestinian Christian working for Al Jazeera, was martyred while wearing a press uniform and helmet. The veteran journalist was shot dead Wednesday morning while covering raids by Israeli troops on Jenin.
Marz Prado, a Native American from San Diego, California, who is currently studying at the University of Tehran, told the Tehran Times that he strongly condemns the systematic killing of journalists in Palestine occupied by the Israeli regime.
“You know, we have to point out that this is not the first such incident where the Zionist regime has targeted journalists. He is one of dozens of journalists they have targeted over the past two years. At least two dozen journalists have been killed by Israel. Second, it’s very systematic. What’s interesting is that (the murder is) not only systematic, but it systematically silences voices, voices that have something to do with the truth about what is happening in Palestine. Add salt to the wound. This is what is happening. They silence the voices.
He said that Israel had not only stolen Palestinian land, it was also silencing them.
“What people are asking, isn’t it enough that they take their land, that they ethnically cleanse the Palestinians from their land, now they also have to silence their voices?” It’s not fair, of course. Palestinians have had to endure ethnic cleansing, racism, discrimination for over 70 years. This must stop. The least we can do with our privilege is to speak our mind, it is to raise our voices and how to raise the voices of those who cannot speak, or the voices that are not heard.
In response to the Tehran Times correspondent’s question about the failure of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to condemn the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh, Prado said, “Well, what can you tell them? They don’t speak for the Arabs. We know that. Everyone knows that these dictators who were put there by the United States and supported by the United States, they don’t speak for the Arabs. I have traveled all over the Middle East and most, if not all, people stand in solidarity with the Palestinians. The fact that they are monarchs, the fact that they are entities supported by the United States and Europe, that says nothing about what the Arabs think of the situation in Palestine.
Marz made his views and concerns very clear, as did others chanting anti-Israel slogans.
After the North African call to prayer, protesters lit candles to commemorate the veteran correspondent. Around 9:00 p.m., the protest ended with the marchers calling on international organizations to hold the Israeli regime accountable.