Peace & Freedom Marches

Frank Romano arrives at Al Aqsa mosque for Maghrib prayer (early evening) and finds outside an exuberant crowd demonstrating for the continued freedom of Al Aqsa Mosque and against the occupation of Palestine. Also shown here an evening picture of the Dome of the Rock. Old City, Jerusalem, July 28, 2017.

Even though it was a victory for the Palestinian people–all Muslims worldwide & peace activists when Israel abandoned security cameras and worshippers entered Al Aqsa mosque– today it was off limits for those under 50 years old. 1st photo, Frank Romano demonstrates with youthful Muslims protesting exclusion from the mosque. 2nd photo, he gets ready to pray with them. Near the Old City, Jerusalem, July 28, 2017.

Then a group of Palestinian women were huddled in the doorway of a building near the Dome of the Rock when Israeli police shot stun grenades point blank at them. I questioned the Israeli soldiers and several turned on me. One brutally pushed me over the ledge and my body slammed down on the hard ground below. In the meantime, al hamdu lilla, the women were able to escape. I unfortunately was injured on my left ear and two or three stitches were required to close the wound (without anaesthesia, ouch!!). Bummer! Photo 1: Romano during the stitches procedure. Photo 2: Romano standing next to the doctor who just stitched his ear. Photo 3: Israeli soldiers. Old City, Jerusalem, July 27, 2017.

Frank Romano and friends after things started calming down a little in front of the Dome of the Rock (which was still closed!!) Old City, Jerusalem, July 27, 2017.

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Frank Romano/Photo 1: Several Palestinians were violently shoved by the vicious Israeli police and I stepped up to asked why. Photo 2: They began shoving me then I resisted and shoved back. Then a cowardly Israeil policeman slugged me in the face and then ran into the Israeli lines after I went after him. That was an unnecessary and cowardly act. Then Palestinians drug me away to stop me and take me to the hospital to check my bleeding mouth. Only a surface wound, thank God! (The 2nd photo was taken from Al Jazeera online, June 27, 2017) Old City, Jerusalem, July 27, 2017.

After prayers we climbed the stairs to enter the Dome of the Rock only to be greeted by very aggressive, and then overly violent Israeli police.The Israeli police began shooting stun grenades and tear gas, for no valid reason, at worshippers headed toward the Dome of the Rock. The door to it was locked and the Israeli police started violently shoving us away. It almost seemed they were upset at our victory and were only there to harass us. Old City, Jerusalem, July 27, 2017.

 

Frank Romano: Victory for the Palestinian people, all Muslims and peace activists worldwide. After praying three days (I was present those 3 days), all day, in the streets next to Al Aqsa mosque, to protest the Israeli Governments plan to install cameras inside it, the Israeli government blinked, abandoning plans to install them. As such, worshippers agreed to enter and pray at the Al Aqsa mosque for the first time in two weeks. Here we are preparing to pass through the barricades and then the gate to Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount). Old City, Jerusalem, July 27, 2017.

Preparing for Maghrib prayers. 2nd photo is a close up of the minaret of the Al Aqsa Mosque. Old City, Jerusalem, July 26, 2017.

Photo and caption below re: Frank Romano in solidarity with Muslims at Al Aqsa Mosque.”Frank Romano” is a lawyer with both French and American citizenship . He is taking part in the fight against the occupation measures in Al Aqsa mosque. July 25, 2017.

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Frank Romano with worshippers/protestors in the middle of CLASHES with Israeli police after last prayer, Isha, in the corridors of the Old City. Stun grenades were shot at the worshippers/protestors. One was hit in the back with one. Old City, Jerusalem, July 25, 2017.

 

Frank Romano getting ready for Dhuhr prayers and in line to pray with worshipers. Outside Al Aqsa Mosque. Next photo, Maghrib prayer in the streets. Old City, Jerusalem, July 25, 2017.

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Frank Romano + group of women protesters in front of entrance to Al Aqsa Mosque (El Ghazali Square), protesting the placement of cameras inside by the Israeli Government. Also, man reading Qur’an waiting for Dhuhr, afternoon prayer on the street outside the mosque. Old City, Jerusalem, July 25, 2017.

Frank Romano with the Waqf Sheiks entering Lions Gate. He is talking with one of them. Old City, Jerusalem, July 25, 2017.

 

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Frank Romano, walking with one of the Waqf Sheiks (In charge of Haram Al Sheriff-Temple Mount) to Lions Gate, (Old City, Jerusalem) to pray near Al-Aqsa mosque (Under siege by Israeli police). We are going to pray outside the mosque in the street to protest the placing of cameras inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Old City, Jerusalem, July 25, 2017.

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Nakba Demonstration, Dr. Frank Romano in solidarity at Checkpoint, outside Ramallah, West Bank. Also, the truck in photo one is prepating to spray skunk water on crowd. Its smells like a combination of vomit and sewer water and if gets on the body, clothes, it takes 3 days to wear off. Ramallah, West Bank. May 15, 2017.

Nakba Parade, Dr. Frank Romano in solidarity at Al-Manara Square, West Bank, with group of young Palestinians. In the second photo, near Al-Manara Square, one is Mohammad Torokman’s daughter the other is a student at Birzeit. Ramallah, West Bank. May 15, 2017.

Frank Romano, during demonstration, Day of Rage, Friday, May 12th, in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers. Beita (village near Nablus). HERE IS ABOSOLUTE PROOF ISRAELIS WERE SHOOTING LIVE BULLETS AT UNARMED DEMOSTRATORS. See below an empty bullet shell from bullets shot by Israeli soldiers or police at us during yesterday’s May 12th demonstration at Beita village. Also see below a photo of my Kaffiyeh, burned when I tried to pick up a hot tear gas canister with it to throw away from demonstrators. Ramallah, West Bank, May 13th, 2017.

 

Frank Romano INJURED- tear-gas intoxication & hospitalized. During demonstration in solidarity of
Palestinian hunger strikers. A tear gas canister exploded near me and I kicked it away. Then I tried to escape but was surrounded by gas fumes as many cartridges had landed all around me at the same time. I fell to my knees almost unconscious and the Palestinian Medics saved me. Spitting up fleme, tears flowing with acute pain in my lungs, I could barely breathe as they pulled me to the ambulance at their own risk of intoxication, immediately giving me oxygen. Not sure if I would have survived that if they hadn’t quickly reacted.
Within minutes I could breathe more easily coughing less, but they insisted I go to the hospital.The medics were coughing, spitting up fleme, etc. as they treated me in the ambulance. At the hospital, the doctor said my oxygen count was very low and I needed oxygen fast. After about 30-45 minutes of O2 inhalation I was better and returned to the demonstration in the ambulance. Beita (near Nablus), West Bank. May 12th, 2017
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Frank Romano, demonstrating, Day of Rage, Friday, May 12th, in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers. Frank Romano INJURED- tear-gas intoxication & hospitalized. During demonstration in solidarity of Palestinian hunger strikers. Photos below show tear gas after cartridge explosions all around me and Medics helping me to my feet and into the ambulance.Photos by the incredible photographer, Mohammad Torokman, Reuters. Beita (near Nablus), West Bank. May 12th, 2017

Frank Romano, demonstrating, Day of Rage, Friday, May 12th, in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers.Here I have on a gas mask and tried kicking the tear gas cartridge away. The mask didn’t help, but it looked good anyway! These photos are by the incredible photographer, Mohammad Torokman, Reuters. Beita (near Nablus), West Bank. May 12th, 2017

 

Frank Romano, demonstrating, Day of Rage, Friday, May 12th, in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers.Here I have on a gas mask and tried kicking the tear gas cartridge away. The mask didn’t help, but it looked good anyway! These photos are by the incredible photographer, Mohammad Torokman, Reuters. Beita (near Nablus), West Bank. May 12th, 2017

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Frank Romano, Friday prayers, in line with worshipers, before demonstration begins in Day of Rage, Friday, May 12th, in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers. Beita (village near Nablus). Israeli soldiers are in back, waiting for the demonstrators to begin their march. Beita, West Bank. May 12th, 2017.

 

Frank Romano participated in a demonstration in solidarity with residents of Kufr Qaddoum (West Bank, near Nablus). See more photos below: Demonstrators were greeted by Israeli soldiers and police protecting the settlers and their blockage of the road. In the 2nd photo the soldier in the center is filming everyone and using the footage to hunt down and jail protestors. In the 4th photo, Romano was doing a dance to avoid the rubber-coated bullets; see one of them on the ground in front of him. March 31, 2017.

Frank Romano participated in a demonstration in solidarity with residents of Kufr Qaddoum (West Bank, near Nablus). They have united to demonstrate against the illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim and the Israeli military’s closure of their village’s main road. Now that Kufr Qaddoum’s main road is closed to villagers, a 13-kilometer straight journey to Nablus has turned into a 26-kilometer detour through a busy West Bank artery. Demonstrators were greeted by Israeli soldiers and police protecting the settlers and their blockage of the road. March 31, 2017. See photos below:

Palestinians with Frank Romano, Land Day Demonstration in Qalandia Refugee campnear Qalandia Mosque, West Bank Preparing to head to the Qalandia Checkpoint. March 30, 2017.Photos by Raza Concepts, LLC.

In JERICHO, Palestine, Frank Romano & Friends, FREEDOM March, March 25th
It was hot, during Siesta time, but people came together in the town square. . . and were enthusiastic.
In one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, and in the lowest city below sea level in the world. . . we made waves. Photos by Raza Concepts, LLC.

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UNFORGETTABLE- F. Romano Freedom March, Bethlehem, West Bank. March 22.
To get started, people gathered around in front of the Mosque of Omar, in spite of drawing attention from the police below. Face to face, heart to heart, I Romano connected with a lot of people. Photos by Raza Concepts,LLC.

 

UNFORGETTABLE- F. Romano Freedom March, Bethlehem, West Bank. March 22.
Arrived at 12:30 & greeted by a few carloads of police. As such, those interested in marching were soon convinced to turn away. If that was the goal of the police, they succeeded as many left. I’d like to think that the police were also there to protect the marchers. These are tense times!
In spite of that, a few stayed and marched around Manger Square, chanted, dialogued (See above). Beautiful!
1st & 2nd photo: Our welcoming committee. 3rd photo: Police waiting before the Church of the Nativity. 4th photo: Police waiting before the Mosque of Omar.

Huge Freedom March, Frank Romano, Jenin (Near Refugee Camp), March21st.
First time I was really able to communicate to the crowd with Arabic conversation, a real dialogue. Photos by Raza Concepts, LLC.

More Huge Freedom March, Frank Romano, Jenin (Near Refugee Camp), March21st.No Police this time when Palestine’s youth with endless optimism marched, chanted,for freedom from the Israeli occupation, from the settlements slowly taking their land.
High optimism, high energy during desperate times. Incredible! Photos by Raza Concepts, LLC.

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DETAINED Frank ROMANO in Hebron TODAY March 19, Freedom March HALTED
Engaged in a non-violent march for freedom of Palestine in Hebron, West Bank, with group of Palestinian kids and adolescents, Romano is harassed and detained for 30 minutes by Israeli soldiers and told to put his megaphone and poster away. Photos below. The Palestinians, to avoid arrest, left upon seeing the Israeli soldiers approach. This is another example that Palestinians and I (in solidarity with their endeavor to be free) have no right to free speech, freely demonstrate, free association, etc. This is not an example of compassionate thought & practices of a democracy, but unbridled oppression by a raw, imposing “dictatorship” aided by its ever devoted accomplices, the United States and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Time to take action, my friends!

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Freedom March in Hebron, West Bank, F. Romano & Friends. March 19.
Engaged in a non-violent march for freedom of Palestine in Hebron, West Bank, with group of Palestinians. Hebron, H-2 region (controlled by Israeli soldiers) has become a no-man’s land where many Palestinians have fled. Below: 1st photo, Romano starts with modest group in the narrow, winding streets of the Old City. 2nd & 3rd photo- Children and adolescents take over the march near the Abraham Mosque. 4th photo- European Zionists stop their car to harass the marchers. Photos by Raza Concepts, LLC.

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ARRESTED Frank ROMANO in Ramallah TODAY, Freedom March HALTED

Handing out the Freedom March fliers, PALESTINIAN POLICE stopped Romano and stopped Freedom March, March 17.
See below: 1st photo- Romano interrogated by Palestinian & arrested before pushed into paddy wagon and taken to detainment center for interrogation (look closely middle salt and pepper hair & wearing white scarf). 2nd photo- Romano handing out fliers. 3rd Photo- Romano following police to paddy wagon with Freedom March poster, etc.

Freedom March, Jericho Town Square, city center. Frank Romano and friends leading a Freedom/Peace event. Great people, great faith! Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. Jericho, West Bank. See photo below:

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Big Freedom March, Frank Romano (yelling into the mic of the megaphone) at the Bethlehem Tunnels Checkpoint, West Bank, Palestine. Organized by Combatants for Peace, [including former soldiers of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF)] and other activists. Demonstration against the Occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza by Israel. It also marked Land Day: Yom al-Ard. April 1st, 2016. See photo below:

Freedom/Peace March: Frank Romano and Palestinian children, near the Ibrahimi Mosque & Abraham Avinu Synagogue, Old City, Hebron, Palestine. This is where Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives are buried – sacred for Muslims, Jews and Christians. The kids took over the march and even chanted slogans. WOW! Sunday, March 27th, 2016.

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Freedom/Peace March – Hebron (Halile), West Bank, Palestine. Frank Romano and activists in the Old City, Hebron, only a block away from where two Palestinians were recently killed after one of them allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier. Another Israeli soldier executed one of the Palestinian men after he had already been injured and left, motionless, without any medical assistance. 2nd photo, Frank Romano talking with Palestinians about the difficulty of checkpoints in Hebron. Sunday, March 27th, 2016.

 

Interfaith Land Day and freedom/peace demonstration. Frank Romano, internationals and Palestinians. Here we are at the Qalandia Checkpoint! The soldiers stayed in the towers and were, for once, not lined up to greet us! Most Palestinians have left us now because the Israeli soldiers are shooting more live rounds than before. Also, see the Palestinian throwing rocks at the tower. The soldiers fired tear gas at us to disperse the Palestinian rock throwers. For once, the soldiers didn’t target non-violent activists and the press? Photographer: Susan Alleman, Friday, March 25th, 2016. See photo below:

Interfaith Land Day and freedom/peace demonstration. Frank Romano, internationals and Palestinians. Here we are walking near the Qalandia Checkpoint, approaching Israeli soldiers. Notice many Palestinians have had to leave the march because the Israeli soldiers are shooting more live rounds (as well as rubber-coated bullets and tear gas) than before, so it has become more dangerous walking toward the soldiers. Photographer: Susan Alleman, Friday, March 25th, 2016. See photo below:

 

Interfaith Land Day and freedom/peace demonstration. Frank Romano, internationals and Palestinians. Located at the epicenter of the Middle East crisis, Qalandia Checkpoint, between Jerusalem and the West Bank, Palestine. Here indicates the beginning of the march in front of the Qalandia Mosque, headed to the Qalandia Checkpoint. Photographer: Susan Alleman, Friday, March 25th, 2016. See photo below:

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Freedom March, Frank Romano leads freedom/peace march in JENIN, West Bank, Palestine. Very intense, dynamic, the Palestinians jumped in there and made it happen. Last photo: sitting after the march. The march went down the Jenin main street: Abu Bakir Street. Sunday, March 20th, 2016. See photo below:

 

Romano and Palestinians/Land Day Demonstration Nov. 30, 2014 – Kids in Qalandia Refugee Camp

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Frank Romano, Palestinian & Camel – Freedom March for West Bank & Gaza Abu Baker Street, Jenin, West Bank. Aug. 1, 2014

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Frank Romano and friends, Jerusalem, Book Signing and Dialogue, Muslims, Jews and Christians, Tmol Shilshom Bookstore Café, July 31st, 2014

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Land Day Demonstration, Qalandia Checkpoint. Dr. Frank Romano helps inspire Palestinians. Nov. 30th, 2014. Click on link below:

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Bethlehem, Interfaith Freedom March, Sept. 15, 2013 Church of Nativity to the Main Street

I led an Interfaith Freedom March starting from the Church of Nativity, with Christians and Jews. We were joined earlier by Muslims. During the March down the main street we were joined by many Muslims, enthousiastic that internationals were there in solidarity.
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Qalandia Checkpoint, Flag I was carrying hit by rubber bullets & tear gas cartridge. March 30, Land Day, 2013.

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Qalandia Checkpoint, After Being Dropped by Tear Gas, my response, Land Day, March 30, 2013

After being targeted by Israeli soldiers shooting tear gas, dropping to my knees after serious gas inhalation and recovering after help from Palestinian medics, I had to react. I was incensed because non-violent peace/freedom activists as well as the press were shot at and tear gassed that day; some including me were arrested at previous non-violent marches/dialogues for peace in the Old City.

Old City, Jerusalem, ARRESTED, Freedom March, Nov. 27, 2012

ARRESTED! I was arrested by Israeli police around 2 pm on Nov. 27th, 2012 while leading an interfaith freedom march/dialogue in the Old City, Jerusalem. During the 2- hour interrogation, the police threatened to imprison me, send my case to trial and to deport me.
I was arrested in about the same place and carrying the same sign and bull-horn as in this photo which was taken on April 8, 2010 during a similar freedom march/dialogue. See photo below:

Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, Interfaith dialogue/march, Nov. 27, 2012

Engaged in dialogue with group at Damascus Gate, Jerusalem. Trying to get them to join us for the interfaith freedom march in the Old City. See photo below:

Freedom March, Ramallah, ends near Mukataa, Nov. 23, 2012

Our Freedom March ended near the Mukataa, a small but dynamic group, Nov. 23rd. See photo below:

Land Day, Qalandia Checkpoint, Palestine March 2012

We were marching to Jerusalem to free Palestinians and Israelis as THE WALL MAKES 2 PRINSONERS. CNN video about the Global March to Jerusalem below, including MY INTERVIEW by journalists (including CNN & AL JAZEERA Journalists) near Israeli soldiers. See photo below:

Land Day, Qalandia Checkpoint, Palestine March 2012

Our group came in peace, to share our message: to seek a durable peace in the area through peaceful resistance, protest of the occupation, confiscation of land and prevention of access to Jerusalem. Many Palestinians are not allowed to visit the Temple Mount, a sacred place in particular for Muslims and Jews. See photo below:

 

Land Day, Qalandia Checkpoint, Palestine March 2012

We were brutally thrown to the ground then arrested. We stuck together and most of us were released as Israeli soldiers withdrew a few paces toward the checkpoint. See photo below:

Land Day, Qalandia Checkpoint, Palestine March 2012

As we walked toward the Israeli lines, chanting and dialoguing for peace, an Israeli soldier approached and grabbed my keffiyeh trying to choke me. A girl courageously screamed at the soldier in my defense. See photo below:

 

Land Day, Qalandia Checkpoint, Palestine March 2012

Marching for non-violent peace at Qalandia Checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem when a tear gas canister was hurled at us. See photo below:

 

 

 

 

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