Kenya: Police disperse protesters demonstrating against Israel’s attacks on Gaza

Kenyans gather for a protest against Israeli forces' attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and Gaza Strip after performing the Eid-Al Fitr prayer in Nairobi, Kenya on May 13, 2021 [Urban Shihemi / Anadolu Agency]

Today, Thursday, Kenyan police fired tear gas canisters to disperse more than 200 protesters in the capital, Nairobi, against the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip.

The march began after Eid al-Fitr prayers at a nearby mosque. An eyewitness told Reuters that a number of protesters had been arrested.

The demonstrators waved banners with the Palestinian flag reading “Kenyans support Palestine” and “Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians – Nelson Mandela.”

Protester Rayan Sheikh said: “I support my brothers and sisters in Palestine, and I pray for them day and night, so that they can enjoy peace.”

The Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip have killed dozens of people since the escalation of violence on Monday, while a number of people were killed in Israel by rockets fired by the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas.

Just before the tear gas was fired to disperse the demonstrators, Boniface Mwangi, an anti-corruption and human rights activist, declared, “Israel is the last apartheid country in the world.”

He added, “The apartheid regime in South Africa would not have collapsed without international pressure. Our silence gives Israel a justification for what it does.

Some critics of Israeli policies against the Palestinians, including Human Rights Watch, have accused the occupation of carrying out some form of apartheid. Israel rejects the comparison.

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