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Hundreds protest Israel in US

Hundreds protest Israel in US

Hundreds of Arab-Americans and others marched through the Detroit suburb of Dearborn on Tuesday evening to protest Israeli military strikes against the Gaza Strip.
Tuesday's protesters lined eight blocks of a major thoroughfare in Dearborn, widely seen as the heart of Arab America.
Since Saturday, more than 370 Palestinians have died in the Israeli air onslaught against Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers. Most of the dead were members of Hamas security forces but the United Nations says at least 64 civilians have been killed.
The offensive came shortly after a rocky, six-month truce expired. Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets and mortars at Israel.
Marchers waved Palestinian flags and carried signs condemning Israel and showing pictures of casualties of the fighting. They chanted, "Gaza, Gaza don't cry, Palestine will never die."
Others chanted, "Israel is a terrorist state" and, in Arabic, "God is Great" and "A martyr is beloved of God."
One group of marchers carried a mock coffin decorated with picture of the bodies of those killed in the attacks and labeled "U.S. Tax Dollars at Work." "Victims of Zionism."
The protest was organized by the Congress of Arab American Organizations. Group spokesman Osama Siblani, who is also publisher of the Arab American News, said it was the first in a series of actions being planned to respond to the Gaza fighting, including a candlelight vigil for peace and a petition calling for a cease-fire.
"There is disappointment and anger in our community and we need to express it toward the current U.S. administration that has given a blank check to the Israelis," Siblani said.


Updated : 2021-06-19 00:08 GMT+08:00