Palestinian doctor who visited Henoko says Okinawa is under occupation

Palestinian doctor who visited Henoko says Okinawa is under occupation

Palestinian medical doctor Salim Anati (right) established friendship with sit-in protest citizens in front of the Camp Schwab at Henoko, Nago, on July 14.


July 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 14, about 26 citizens gathered in front of the gate of the U.S. Marine Corp’s Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, where there is ongoing construction work towards a new base that is part of replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

A total of 117 construction-related vehicles entered and exited the base from 9:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m in a constant stream.

Palestinian medical doctor Salim Anati, 57, who engages in medical support activities for refugee camps in Palestine, visited the front of the gate and expressed solidarity with sit-in protesters.

Salim said, “Both Palestine and Okinawa are under the same situation of occupation. I want friendship between the two places to be built, and I want to tell many people about the facts.”

At the coast of Camp Schwab, workers and divers employed by the Okinawa Defense Bureau submerged crushed stones into the sea to construct the K9 sea wall.

Work to strengthen the sea wall by using heavy machinery goes on. People who are against the construction of the new base boarded two boats and 14 canoes and protested.

(English translation by T&CT)

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