Newsweek quotes USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer in its coverage of the Great Return March in Gaza. On Friday, March 20, Israel shot and killed another four Palestinian protesters and injuring more than 200.
Advocates, however, argued that the demonstrators are mostly unarmed individuals trying to raise awareness about the vulnerable situation in which so many Palestinians live.
“Protests are by nature a provocation. They are intended to get people to think about something differently by elevating the voices of dissenters. Despite the brutal repression of an Israeli military whose snipers have executed high orders to shoot protesters, leaving many unarmed Palestinians dead each week, the Palestinian protesters have succeeded in raising the profile of their plight,” Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of organizations that oppose Israel’s policies toward Palestinians, told Newsweek.
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