Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian human rights activist and author of a new book on the history of Palestinian popular resistance, was arrested today along with several others during a protest to mark the anniversary of the Nakba in al-Walaja village in the occupied West Bank. Palestinians and international supporters marched from al-Walaja to the village’s farmland, which has been cut off from them as Israel builds its illegal wall through their land.
According to organizers, two foreign nationals and three Palestinians were among those detained, including prominent civil society member Mazen Qumsiyeh.
An estimated 150 people had staged the work day, marching toward the confiscated lands waving black flags and Palestinian flags, shouting: “Go away, go away! We don’t want to see the Zionists,” an AFP correspondent said.