Pro-Israel rally draws 1,000 to Farragut Square

Americans respond to the rising tensions in the Middle East.
By Rachel Menitoff and Carolyn Freundlich, Medill News Service   |   July 17, 2014 at 6:01 PM
Palestinians take refuge at a UN school on July 17, 2014, in Gaza City, a day after the Israeli army warned some 100,000 Palestinians in the eastern Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes. Israel and Hamas agreed to abide by a five-hour humanitarian truce, from 0700 to 1200 GMT as requested by the United Nations. It brought temporary reprieve from nine days of fighting in which 230 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes, and one Israeli killed by a rocket attack. UPI/Ismael Mohamad
WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- As the latest fighting continued to escalate between Israel and Gaza, a thousand exuberant supporters of Israel rallied near the White House.

"We want to be able to live in peace," said Noa Meir, Director of Israel Action Center, "just like we want the Palestinian citizens to be able to live in peace."

Recently Israel accepted the terms of a ceasefire proposed by Egypt, but the agreement was rejected by the Palestinian side. A 5-hour ceasefire was broken Wednesday when Gaza militants militants fired rockets into southern Israel. Israel fired back on a Gaza shoreline and four Palestinian children were killed.

"While we appreciate that there should be peace on both sides, I think that the number of deaths in Palestine tell no lies," said Tyra Walker, a 23-year-old teacher in East Harlem, New York.

The fighting between Hamas and Israel is its 10th day. As of this afternoon, the Israeli military says it launched ground operations in the Gaza Strip.

Topics: Gaza, Hamas
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