World Thousands of people join protest in Madrid in support of Palestinians
Ocasio-Cortez hits Biden for taking 'the side of occupation' in Mideast violence
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) criticized President Biden for "taking the side of occupation" amid escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians in recent weeks.Her comments came shortly after Biden told reporters on Wednesday that he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu where Biden said that Israel "has a right to defend itself." "My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later, but Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory," Biden said.
MADRID - (Reuters) - Thousands joined a protest in Madrid on Saturday in support of the Palestinian people after six days of conflict with Israel.
The Association of the Spanish-Palestinian Community held the "Jerusalem" rally on the 73rd anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, or catastrophe, when many Palestinians lost their homes in the fighting around Israel's creation.
"We have been silent for many years. It is time for us to speak for all those Palestinians who are dying and defend them because if we don't, no one else will," said Sara Mimar, 18, a student.
West Bank erupts in protest amid more Israel-Hamas fighting
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Turmoil from the battle between Israel and Hamas spilled over into the West Bank on Friday, sparking the most widespread Palestinian protests in years as hundreds of young demonstrators in multiple towns clashed with Israeli troops, who shot and killed at least 11 people. Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip continued into early Saturday, when an airstrike on a house in Gaza City killed at least seven Palestinians — the highest number of fatalities in a single hit. That strike came a day after a furious overnight barrage of tank fire and airstrikes that wreaked destruction in some towns, killed a family of six in their house and sent thousands fleeing their homes.
Spanish police did not give numbers for those attending.
(Reporting by Graham Keeley; Additional reporting by Elena Rodriguez, Juan Medina; Editing by Mike Harrison)
Americans largely support Israel -- but sympathy for Palestinians is on the rise .
Changing demographics and rising awareness has fueled Americans' growing support of Palestine -- though most still largely back Israel.Experts say it’s a reflection of the way that American support for the Palestinian cause is growing, a trend that a recent Gallup poll showed was on the rise even before the most recent Palestinian-Israeli conflict.