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Hundreds of international activists at Nablus peace rally
Published Friday 12/08/2011 (updated) 12/08/2011 22:44
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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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1 ) Sarah Shaar / USA
12/08/2011 10:50
This is a dream come true i prayed for this to happen! I wish my husband was there to see this historic event. At least his family will get to participate.

2 ) johnny benson / usa
13/08/2011 00:11
nothing wrong with singing songs...25 buses full of tourists...helps both economys...trouble is ...they are singing the wrong song...but what can one expect

3 ) MW / UK
14/08/2011 06:51
It's perfectly possible to catch a regular bus to Nablus from Jerusalem, and there's lots to see in this magnificent city. Check out the Nablus Guide on the web. Get up and Go!

4 ) Stephen / UK
17/08/2011 21:59
@ johnny benson - way out there in the usa... I was one of the 1200. Please enlighten us all. If songs of peace and freedom were "the wrong song"s - which songs would you have suggested we sing?

5 ) Mohammad / Palestine
19/08/2011 10:23
at least those songs come out of clean hearts... I am Palestinian , Bethlehem and I respect what you have done and still do... at least better than Arab systems and nation which still afraid to sing in their countries not come to Palestine and sing... With all respect and thanks for every country participation.

6 ) Sarah / Nablus
20/08/2011 18:22
It was a magnificent and brilliant idea to come to Nablus.

This is to show that the PA determines that a peaceful solution (2 states solution-side by side) is the only choice for the Palestinians and Israelis.

Yes, we all need to sing (Free Palestine and World peace)

Good luck to all and (Ahlan wa Sahlan - welcome Kabalah) into Nablus…
Sarah An-najah University

7 ) Ruth / USA
20/09/2011 06:50
I was one of the 1200. It was one of the most amazing days of my life. We sang a song of peace in a place that needs it so much. I hope the song lingers there a long time.
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