“There was an astonishing quantity of police,” mentioned Munir Atalla of the Palestinian Youth Motion, which helped arrange the rally. “It was perhaps extra police than I’ve ever seen come to a protest.”
The Hamas assault caught the Israelis and the remainder of the world abruptly. Within the U.S., many individuals with ties to each areas discovered themselves rallying on the streets over the weekend, waving Israeli or Palestinian flags as they gathered with members of their communities.
Atalla, who mentioned his household was expelled from Jerusalem in 1948 by “Zionist militias,” mentioned he sees the Hamas assault because the end result of years of frustration amongst Palestinians who say they’re trapped in teeming Gaza by the Israelis, which maintains a blockade that has been condemned by the U.N. and greater than a dozen human rights organizations.
“Palestinians wherever, we’re all linked,” Atalla mentioned. “And now we have household, pals we fear about, as Israel is actually bombing Gaza with none form of regard for civilians.”
In Kirkland, Washington, police needed to intervene Sunday after scuffles broke out between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian demonstrators.
Omer Lichtig, an Israeli dwelling in Richmond, Washington, mentioned police had quelled the violence by the point he and his spouse arrived to indicate help for Israel. However the anger was nonetheless there as dozens of cops saved the 2 sides aside.
“We couldn’t simply stand by after what occurred, after seeing our individuals slaughtered,” mentioned Lichtig, whose household lives outdoors Tel Aviv. “So we got here with our flags, they usually [the pro-Palestinian demonstrators] began intimidating us and upsetting us.”
Lichtig mentioned he has pals whose kin had been killed when Hamas gunmen raided a kibbutz close to the Gaza border.
“I misplaced just a few pals who had been nonetheless within the service,” he mentioned. “And it’s a really robust second for us. Give it some thought. Like, virtually every Israeli is aware of somebody who obtained kidnapped, injured or murdered.”