The ongoing Gaza rallies and Palestine’s unsung heroes

The ongoing Gaza rallies and Palestine’s unsung heroes. Scores of Palestinian demonstrators have been killed near the Gaza-Israel buffer zone within the last six months, but the stories of these intrepid protesters — who insist on defying Israel’s decades-long occupation — remain largely unknown. Since the demonstrations began on March 30, more than 200 Palestinians have been martyred — and thousands more injured — by Israeli army gunfire. Protesters demand the right to return to their homes in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel. They also demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.