World Thousands rally in N.America in solidarity with Palestinians
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Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators rallied in cities across North America on Saturday, calling for an end to Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip as the worst violence in years flared between the Jewish state and Islamist militants.
Gatherings to show solidarity with Palestinians took place in cities including New York, Boston, Washington, Montreal and Dearborn, Michigan.
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In a world in which massive violations of human rights have, tragically, become the norm, why has the hard left focused on one of the least compelling of those causes?On the merits and demerits of their claims, the Palestinians have the weakest case. They have been offered statehood and independence on numerous occasions: in 1938, 1948, 1967, 2000-2001 and 2008. Israel ended its occupation of the Gaza Strip in 2005. Yet, even now, Palestinian leaders refuse to sit down and negotiate a reasonable two-state solution. As the late Israeli diplomat Abba Eban once aptly put it, the Palestinian leadership never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
About two thousand people turned out in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, chanting "Free, free Palestine" and "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free."
They waved Palestinian flags and held placards that read "End Israeli Apartheid" and "Freedom for Gaza."
Many protesters wore black and white, and red and white, keffiyeh scarves, while drivers sounded car horns and motorcyclists revved their engines as the sun beat down.
Several Jewish people attended, carrying placards that said "Not in my name" and "Solidarity with Palestine" as the protesters took over a street in the area which has a large Arab population.
No longer silent, Gulf Arab citizens express anger at Israel
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The ongoing bloodshed in the Gaza Strip has unleashed a chorus of voices across Gulf Arab states that are fiercely critical of Israel and emphatically supportive of Palestinians. The vocal opposition to Israel, expressed in street protests, on social media and in newspaper columns, comes just months after pacts were signed to establish ties with the Jewish state — and complicates government efforts to rally Arab citizens around full-throttle acceptance of the deals. Analysts said the conflict will also set back Israeli efforts to secure more normalization deals with other Arab states, like Saudi Arabia.
A few dozen police officers looked on at the peaceful protest, dubbed "Defend Palestine.
"I'm here because I want a Palestinian life to equal an Israeli life and today it doesn't," said 35-year-old Emraan Khan, a corporate strategist from Manhattan, as he waved a Palestinian flag.
"When you have a nuclear-armed state and another state of villagers with rocks it is clear who is to blame," he added.
Alison Zambrano, a 20-year-old student, travelled from neighboring Connecticut for the demo.
"Palestinians have the right to live freely and children in Gaza should not be being killed," she told AFP.
Mashhour Ahmad, a 73-year-old Palestinian who has lived in New York for 50 years, said "don't blame the victim for the aggression."
Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas agree to a ceasefire
Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire, after more than a week of conflict left hundreds dead, most of them Palestinians. The truce signals an end to the immediate bloodshed, but will likely leave both sides further apart than ever. © Fatima Shbair/Getty Images GAZA CITY, GAZA - MAY 20: Palestinians inspect damage to buildings in Al-Saftawi street northern Gaza City on May 20, 2021 in Gaza City, Gaza. Civilian casualties continue to rise as Israel-Gaza violence entered a tenth day.
"I'm telling Mr. Biden and his cabinet to stop supporting the killing. Support the victims, stop the oppression.
"The violence committed by the Israeli army recently is genocide," he added, raising a poster above his head that said "Free Palestine, End the occupation."
President Joe Biden spoke separately Saturday with his Israeli and Palestinian counterparts, expressing his "grave concern" over six days of violence that has left scores dead or wounded.
- 'Catastrophe' day -
He expressed Washington's "strong commitment to a negotiated two-state solution as the best path to reach a just and lasting resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," the White House said.
The protests were held on the anniversary of Nakba Day, or "catastrophe," that saw hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced during Israel's creation in 1947-1948.
Throngs of people gathered in Copley Square in Boston, while a few hundred rallied on the Washington Monument grounds in the US capital.
Several thousand demonstrated in Montreal, calling for "the liberation of Palestine."
Protesters also denounced "war crimes" committed by Israel in Gaza and carried placards accusing Israel of violating international law during the protest in the center of the Canadian city.
Earlier, a caravan of cars sounded their horns and drove with Palestinian flags blowing in the wind as they protested outside the Israeli consulate in the western part of Montreal.
A protester was arrested for breaking a window, a police spokesperson said, but otherwise the demonstration was peaceful.
Over 500 Biden campaign staffers urge White House to do more to support Palestinians .
A group of more than 500 former Biden campaign and Democratic Party staffers are calling on the White House to do more to support Palestinians and hold the Israeli government accountable for what they say are human rights violations, following the 11 days of violence Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas.In a letter to President Biden published on Monday, the staffers praised the administration for brokering a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but demanded that the White House "hold Israel accountable for its actions." "We commend your efforts to broker a ceasefire," the staffers wrote.