09/03/14: SFP honours the freedom fighters of Balata on Martyrs Day

On a rainy Sunday evening activists from SFP went to Balata refugee camp cemetery to honour the Martyrs of the camp on Martyrs Day. Activists were joined by martyrs families and planted flowers for the dead and stated their determination to honour the dead by continuing the struggle for freedom.

Balata refugee camp, one of the most densely populated camps, was the first to respond to the 2nd Intifada and was known for its brave resistance to the illegal occupation. As a result it suffered greatly and many were killed or imprisoned in the almost daily incursions and attacks from the invading Israeli Army. Balata camp continues to suffer from night terror raids by the Army.

Balata refugee camp was set up by the United Nations on 0.25km of land in 1950, in response to the refugees forced from their homes mainly in Jaffa. The camp is home to around 32,000 refugees and their descendants, waiting to return home as is their right enshrined under international law. SFP activists promised to continue the struggle and open the road for both the refugees and the martyrs to return to their homes and soil in Jaffa.

We ask all those that believe in justice to help us in that struggle and respect the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) request against Apartheid Israel, until all the refugees can return home. To find out more about the Palestinian call for BDS and how to boycott and join the campaign please click here.

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