Dutch activist stages solitary protest against Israel

             By Abdullah Asiran</p>    <p>AMSTERDAM (AA) - A Dutch activist has been taking to the streets alone in Amsterdam for over four years to protest Israel's aggression against the Palestinian people.</p>    <p>In a one-person demonstration, Simon Vrouwe, wearing a yellow jacket that has “Free Palestine” and “Boycott Israel” written on it, is denouncing Israeli aggression and Dutch government’s policies towards Israel. </p>    <p>“What I’ve been doing is not about anti-semitism,” Vrouwe told Anadolu Agency. “I am holding a protest here at Dam Square due to my love and respect for Palestinians.” </p>    <p>Vrouwe said he held over 500 demonstrations by himself in four-and-a-half years so far. </p>    <p>Terming the situation in Gaza as &quot;atrocity,&quot; he said: &quot;We need to do something against this situation. We need to raise awareness on what happening in Palestine. It is not enough to hold a protest few times a year.”</p>    <p>He is also handing out leaflets to inform people about the situation in the region and is opening up a map showing Palestinian loss of land from 1946 to today.</p>    <p>Despite some Israeli sides, people generally welcome his protest, Vrouwe said.</p>    <p>&quot;A former Israeli soldier has always been disturbing me at Dam Square for two-and-a-half years,&quot; he said. &quot;This is an unpleasant incident.&quot;</p>    <p>Despite everything, the Dutch activist says, he will continue his demonstrations.</p>    <p>For the last nine months, Palestinians in Gaza have been staging regular demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone to demand the right to return to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948.</p>    <p>They also demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its two million inhabitants of many basic commodities. </p>  <p>Since the rallies began on March 30, more than 210 Palestinians have been martyred and thousands more injured by Israeli troops deployed along the other side of the buffer zone.