Deafening chants of Long Live Palestine! could be heard Monday evening
outside the Midtown building that houses the Israeli consulate.
Over 250 people rallied to protest the hundreds of casualties in the Gaza
Strip caused by Israels bombing and ground offensive. The attack came in
response to rocket fire by Hamas into Israel.
According to organizers this was the fourth pro-Palestinian protest
in Atlanta since Israel began its attack on Dec. 27.
Demonstrators lined both sides of Spring Street at 12th Avenue during rush
hour with dozens of signs bearing messages such as End the Occupation Now
and images of bloodied Palestinan children. A Palestinian protestor named
Mahmoud (no last name given) held a homemade sign that read Who killed us? Israel did.
More photos from the protest here
Mahmoud explained why he came to the demonstration: I am here to protest
the continued massacre of the Palestinian people. Women and children are
Fellow protestor Yasmin Yonis shouted through a bullhorn, Not one penny,
not one dime. Israel out of Palestine." She went on to criticize the U.S.
Government for giving "millions of dollars to Israel every year to commit
acts of massacre and crimes against humanity."
Protesters were met by a small but vocal contingent of Israel supporters who
shouted, Where were you on 911? and Hamas is a terrorist group! The
protesters and counter-protesters yelled at each other with police officers
standing between them.
A 16-year-old pro Palestinian demonstrator offered his opinion of the
conflict. I want peace, he said dejectedly. But it will never work.
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