Hundreds march to honour Arafat

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1. Wide of demonstrators walking to Barberini Square, behind banners with images of Yasser Arafat, and holding Palestinian flags
2. Huge Palestinian flag being held by protesters
3. Protesters holding flags
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nemer Hammad, Palestinian ambassador to Italy:
“I think that the dream of all Palestinians is that of President Arafat: the creation of a Palestinian independent sovereign state on identified territories which is the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem as its capital. It’s a guarantee for the security of all people of the Middle East, the Mediterranean and I’m sure it’s also a guarantee for the security of the Israelis, because only peace could guarantee security.”
5. Two shots of children holding Palestinian flags
6. Boy wearing keffiyeh walking in front of poster of Arafat
7. Two shots of protest
8. Italian police walking
9. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Samir Alqaryouti, Palestinian journalist and analyst:
“We are here today, the Palestinian community as well as the Arab community with our Italian friends, to protest against the racist separation wall in Palestine. The forces meet here today to call for the road map to get back on track and resume negotiations to secure peace and justice for the Palestinians and Arab countries and everyone in the region.”
10. Various protest with flags and mourning ribbons
11. Protesters holding banner with Marwan Barghouti’s name written on it (Marwan Barghouti is a Palestinian leader currently in an Israeli jail)
12. Protesters holding banner reading: “No wall of apartheid, stop occupation, withdraw Italian troops”
13. Protesters holding Cuban flags
13. People walking past poster of Arafat

STORYLINE

More than one-thousand demonstrators marched through Rome on Saturday to support the Palestinians after the death of their leader, Yasser Arafat, and to protest against the barrier being built by Israel in the West Bank.

The demonstrators – many of them draped with the keffiyeh, Arafat’s hallmark headdress – marched in a sea of Palestinian flags through the Italian capital.

One banner read: “Palestine and Israel: two peoples, two countries.” Another criticised Israel’s barrier, calling it an “apartheid wall.”

Israel says the West Bank barrier is a security fence which is crucial for keeping out suicide bombers; the Palestinians say it is a land grab.

The Palestinian ambassador to Italy, Nemer Hammad, joined the demonstration.

“I think that the dream of all Palestinians is that of President Arafat: the creation of a Palestinian independent sovereign state on identified territories which is the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem as its capital,” he said.

While Italy has generally been sympathetic to the Palestinians in recent decades, Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative government has emerged as one of Israel’s strongest supporters in Europe.

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