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Israeli activists protect Gaza-bound aid convoy

A group travelled with a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid convoy in an effort to protect it from settlers and other right-wing extremists, AFP reports.

About 30 people from Standing Together, a grassroots group, made the journey to the border with the Palestinian territory.

Sunday’s aid convoy was comprised of about 30 trucks, and one was attacked. At least seven aid trucks from Jordan were stopped and ransacked last week by Israelis.

Moroccans rally against Israel ties in pro-Palestine march

Thousands of Moroccans demonstrated on Sunday in Casablanca in support of the Palestinian people and against their country’s ties with Israel, the AFP reports. Protesters in Morocco’s commercial capital chanted, “Freedom for Palestine”, “If we don’t speak out, who will?”, and, “No to normalisation”. Many wore keffiyeh scarves or waved Palestinian flags.

The North African kingdom established diplomatic ties with Israel in late 2020 under the US-brokered Abraham Accords, which saw similar moves by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Since October 7, large-scale demonstrations in Morocco have called for the abrogation of the normalisation accord. Rabat has officially denounced “flagrant violations of the provisions of international law” by Israel in its war on Gaza, but has not given any indication that normalisation with Israel would be undone.

Rights group calls for international intervention to reopen Rafah crossing

The Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor says Israel’s closure of the Rafah crossing in Gaza has made it impossible for more than 11,000 wounded people and 10,000 cancer patients to get the medical care they need outside the Palestinian enclave.

“By blocking the Rafah crossing, Israel has tightened its grip and imposed a crippling siege on the Gaza Strip, cutting it off from the outside world and resulting in the deaths of scores of injured and ill people,” the group said on X.

“Given the deficiency of medical services in Gaza as a result of Israel’s genocide, which has destroyed most hospitals and resulted in the deaths & incarceration of numerous doctors, an immediate international intervention is required to reopen the Rafah crossing.”

New encampment at Drexel University in Philadelphia

Pro-Palestinian protesters in the US have set up a new encampment at Drexel University in the city of Philadelphia, a day after authorities thwarted an attempted occupation of a school building at the neighbouring University of Pennsylvania campus.

Up to 60 protesters were at the encampment on the campus’s Korman Quad on Sunday, Drexel President John Fry said in a statement, adding that the university was speaking with demonstrators to end the protest.