Egyptian journalists demonstrate in solidarity with Palestinians to mark 100th day of Israeli war

Mohamed Hamouda , Monday 15 Jan 2024

In commemoration of the 100th day since the start of the Israeli war on Gaza, the Journalists' Syndicate held a solidarity demonstration on Monday under the slogan "100 Days of Aggression: Stop the War, Prosecute War Criminals.”

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File Photo: Egyptian journalists chant slogans against Israel and the US during a protest in solidarity with Palestinians at the headquarters of the Syndicate of Journalists in Cairo. AFP


Journalists gathered on the steps of the syndicate in Cairo, displaying images of Palestinian martyrs and draped coffins, demanding the entry of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip as a means to counter Israel’s plans to displace Gazans.

The demonstration was attended by Khaled El-Balshi, the head of the Journalists' Syndicate, along with other members of the syndicate's council board.

Attendees raised banners with slogans such as "open Rafah crossing," "100 days of annihilation," "stop the aggression," and "prosecute war criminals."

They chanted slogans, including "a thousand greetings from the Arab land of Egypt to South Africa," and "Gaza, the symbol of pride.”

The journalists’ praise of South Africa aims to support to the landmark case that was heard last Thursday and Friday at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague at the request of South Africa.

In its pleading, the South African legal team asked judges of the ICJ to impose binding preliminary orders on Israel, including an immediate halt to the military campaign in Gaza.

During the events, El-Balshi spoke about the heroic efforts of Palestinian journalists on the ground and criticized the global media's coverage of the war.

“We are facing the greatest crime committed against journalism in the modern age. In 100 days, we have witnessed 107 journalist martyrs, an average of more than one martyr per day. These journalists sacrificed their lives in defence of the truth,” said El-Balshi.

Since October 2023, Israel has launched a relentless military campaign on the Gaza Strip that has killed at least 24,100 Palestinians, 70 percent of them women and children, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry's latest figures.

The war also triggered a chain of escalations, that are threatening regional stability, from the Red Sea to Lebanon.

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