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Gaza supporters take outrage to the White House

Published on Aug 3, 2014 6:15 AM
Code Pink for Peace member Tighe Barry is forcibly removed after interrupting a meeting of Jewish organizational and community leaders during the 'National Leadership Assembly for Israel' at the National Press Club. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters, many waving or wrapped in flags, rallied outside the White House Saturday, pushing for peace and an end to fighting in Gaza. 

The crowd, young and old from across the United States, including scores of children, chanted “End US Aid to Israel” and “Israel out of Palestine.” “Gaza will not die – it will never die,” said Amar Jamal as he marched through downtown Washington with his family.
“It is the time to make peace because this bloodbath will not stop in Gaza. All the Middle East will be in trouble” if the conflict doesn’t end, warned the Palestinian-born 70-year-old.

The protest came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Jewish state would keep up its military campaign against Hamas in Gaza for as long and as forcefully as needed, in a conflict that has cost more than 1,700 Palestinian and 65 Israeli lives.
Hamas, meanwhile, vowed to continue its fight against Israel until the Islamist movement group had achieved its objectives.

Many of the protesters voiced anger at Netanyahu, with one waving a banner that read “Netanyahu and Hitler are the same, the only difference is the name.” Others called on Washington to end its military backing of Israel and adopt a harsher stance toward its ally.

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