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by Shane Stokes
April 28, 2018
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A week before the start of the Giro d’Italia in Israel, a protest rider to support Palestinian rights has been announced by the human rights organisation Amos Trust.
“Freedom of movement is a right that Palestinians are denied. The Giro d’Italia departure from Jerusalem on 4th May seeks to air-brush over the ongoing Israeli Occupation of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), and the blockade of the Gaza Strip,” it said in a statement on Friday.
“A group of UK riders, organised by human rights organisation Amos Trust, will meet with local Palestinians for a three day ride as act of solidarity, a call for an end to the Occupation and for freedom of movement for Palestinians.”
The ride will begin at 8 am next Friday in Jericho. Day two will begin at the same time and will cover 95 kilometres from Jenin to the Taybeh Brewery. The final leg on Sunday will also start at 8am and will be a 105 kilometre round trip from Bethlehem to Hebron and onto the South Hebron hills and the villages of at -Tuwani and Susiya.
“Solidarity starts on a bike,” said Chris Rose, Director of Amos Trust. “Bike racing relies on teams staying together and pulling each other through. At this time when the eyes of the world are focused on Jerusalem, for the Giro to start there leads many Palestinians to feel even more forgotten. The Giro della Palestina ride is our act of solidarity and part of our call for an end to the Occupation.”