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Tuesday May 18 2021
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'Solidarity with Palestine': Protests erupt in major US cities against Israeli massacre

By
Web Desk
Protests across the United States in solidarity with Palestinians stretched from California to New York over the weekend. — CNN
  • Scores of people across the US gather in major cities over the weekend to support Palestinians.
  • While few demonstrators show up with handmade signs, others march and chant through megaphones.
  • Gaza health officials say the Palestinian death toll has risen to 212, including 61 children and 36 women.


As Israel continues to inflict heavy casualties on Palestinian civilians in Gaza, scores of people across the US gathered in major cities over the weekend to support the Palestinians.

Gaza health officials on Tuesday said the Palestinian death toll has risen to 212, including 61 children and 36 women since hostilities began last week. Ten people have been killed in Israel, including two children.

According to a CNN news report, protests across the United States in solidarity with Palestinians stretched from California to New York over the weekend. 

"Saturday marked the 73rd anniversary of "al-Nakba," or "the catastrophe", when more than 700,000 Palestinians were driven from or left their homes during the war that created the state of Israel," read the news report.

Annisa Mawarni holds handmade signs at the Chicago protest. — CNN

While few demonstrators showed up with handmade signs, others marched and chanted through megaphones. 

However, their message remained the same: to "stand in solidarity with the Palestinian community".

Read more: Gaza massacre: Israel shows no signs of letting up as world calls for end to hostilities

In California, 23-year-old Adil Abbuthalha grabbed his camera and made his way to downtown Sacramento on Sunday, motivated to march the streets of the state's capital in solidarity with Palestinians, he told CNN.

"As a Muslim, our prophet (PBUH) teaches us that humanity is like a body -- when one part hurts, the rest of the body hurts," he said. "And now our brothers and sisters are bleeding across the world."

Meanwhile, 33-year-old Nader Mirfiq, who joined his city's protest Saturday afternoon, said that he's disgusted and he wants to "open people's eyes worldwide on the injustices happening in Gaza and in Palestine."

The crowd at a pro-Palestinian rally fills the streets in New Orleans on May 15. — CNN

"This is about being human beings and fighting for what's right," he said. "We want justice and we want it now," Mirfiq rued.

Similarly, Febi Ramadhan, 27, and his wife, Annisa Mawarni, 25, took to the streets of downtown Chicago and posed for a photo with handmade signs.

"I was saddened and enraged by these continuous acts of violence, and I participated in the rally in downtown Chicago to fight together with Palestinians against this pogrom until the liberation of Palestine actually happens," Ramadhan told CNN.

No immediate reports of injuries

Israeli airstrikes on the Palestinian enclave continued overnight. Soon after dawn, missiles struck two buildings in Gaza City, sending plumes of thick smoke into the air.

A large crowd marches in Dallas on Saturday, May 15. — CNN

Palestinians in the Strip fired rockets early on Tuesday that set off sirens in southern Israeli cities, sending thousands running for bomb shelters.

There were no immediate reports of injuries on either side.