San Diegans protest amid growing conflict between Israel and Palestine
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Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered in downtown San Diego on Tuesday afternoon to demonstrate against the violent military and civil conflict in the Gaza Strip.
Supporters on both sides of the issue have demonstrated in San Diego as the conflict enters its ninth day.
On Thursday, 200 to 300 people gathered for Israel outside the Lawrence family’s Jewish community center in La Jolla. On Saturday, around 700 people marched in support of the Palestinians in Balboa Park.
Tuesday’s protest outside the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Office building was organized by the same group that held Saturday’s rally. At 4 p.m., around 150 people showed up and more were expected.
“Living in the United States makes it linked to the region because the United States is a party to this conflict,” said Farid Abdel-Nour, SDSU political science professor, who is of Palestinian origin and raised in the West Bank. . is not an observer of this conflict, ”he said.
He attended Saturday’s rally in solidarity with Palestine.
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As Israel continued to trade airstrikes with rockets fired from Gaza on Tuesday, the United Nations said more than 52,000 Palestinians are considered internally displaced and there is a severe shortage of supplies. medical.
The civilian injuries and the death toll were overwhelming, Abdel-Nour said.
“There have been a pretty horrendous death toll over the past eight days,” he said. “On the Israeli side, twelve lives have been lost. On the Palestinian side, 232 lives have been lost.”
Abdel-Nour said the violence in the region was the worst since the Gaza war in 2014, and although it does not last as long at this point, so far the conflict has been more intense.
“The most direct effect is the feeling of being terrified at any time that a rocket might land, and that was of course terrifying for Israeli civilians,” he said. “For Palestinian civilians in Gaza, it is also fear and terror to have bombs fallen on you.
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While world leaders, including President Joe Biden, are now overwhelmingly calling for a ceasefire on the fighting, neither side has yet agreed on conditions to end the violence.
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