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West Bank Palestinians raise money for Gaza

Ordinary Palestinians in the West Bank are showing their support for Gaza with fundraising campaigns and protests.
Young Palestinians hold placards reading "Eid Mubarak to Gaza" (Happy Eid to Gaza) during a demonstration in solidarity with the children killed in the ongoing Israeli devastating military assault on the Gaza Strip, on July 28, 2014, in the Aida Palestinian refugee camp near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. At least 1,032 Palestinians have died so far in the fighting as well as 43 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians. The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy fasting month of

A burly man driving a Land Rover ran quickly into the Greenland supermarket and asked for 10 large boxes of bottled water. When the owner of the store, where I happened to be at the time, asked what the water was for, the man answered that it was a contribution to Gaza. Without a blink, the storeowner ordered one of his staff to add five more boxes as a contribution. At the entrance of the store in this Ramallah suburb of Tireh, I saw two signs calling on customers to contribute to Gaza. “Your small contribution will go a long way,” said an ad, signed by the Latin Church in Ramallah.

Driving through the occupied West Bank, we see large signs that state, “We are all Gaza.” Radio stations blare revolutionary chants, Marcel Khalife patriotic songs and Mahmoud Darwish poems between news reports and interviews with Gaza reporters and Palestinian analysts.

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