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BumRushDaShow

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Sun May 19, 2024, 06:16 AM May 19

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters rally in the rain in DC to mark a painful present and past [View all]

Source: AP

Updated 7:50 PM EDT, May 18, 2024


WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of protesters rallied within sight of the U.S. Capitol, chanting pro-Palestinian slogans and voicing criticism of the Israeli and American governments as they marked a painful present — the war in Gaza — and past — the exodus of some 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were forced from what is now Israel when the state was created in 1948.

About 400 demonstrators braved steady rains to rally on the National Mall on the 76th anniversary of what is called the Nakba, the Arabic word for catastrophe. In January, thousands of pro-Palestinian activists had gathered in the nation’s capital in one of the larger protests in recent memory.

There were calls in support of Palestinian rights and an immediate end to Israeli military operations in Gaza. “No peace on stolen land” and “End the killings, stop the crime/Israel out of Palestine,” echoed through the crowd.

Protesters also focused their anger on President Joe Biden, whom they accuse of feigning concern over the death toll in Gaza.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/israel-hamas-war-palestinian-rights-rally-washington-b963f3e92b2e9be3220209d8e96970b7

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