Thousands of protesters gathered on Saturday in Rotterdam on The Liberation Day of the Netherlands and conducted a pro-Palestinian rally against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian lands, and compared and Israeli occupation of the Palestinian lands to the Nazi occupation to Holland during World War II, Israeli online daily Haaretz reported.Former Dutch prime minister Dries Van Agt addressed the protesters and said that Holland should not boycott the Palestinian government, headed by Hamas, and should quit its pro-Israeli stance.

Palestinian Prime Mnister, Ismail Haniyya, who was supposed to participate in the conference but was denied entry by both Holland and Belgium, addressed that protesters on a big TV screen via satellite connection.

 Palestinian Minister of Sports, Dr. Bassim Naim, attempted to participate in the rally but the he forced back to Egypt when his plane landed at Brussels' international airport.

 Meanwhile, Van Agt stated that the European and Dutch boycott of Hamas movement and the Palestinian government is “wrong and stupid” since it “pardons the occupier and place sanctions on the occupied”.