July 12, 2024
Gaza ceasefire demonstration blocks Washington prepare station
Gaza ceasefire demonstration blocks Washington prepare station

On Friday, greater than a thousand demonstrators gathered at Union Station, the capital’s major prepare station, shutting it down at rush-hour on the finish of the work week, with police responding by blocking the whole major entrance.

Demonstrators exterior Union Station in Washington demand a ceasefire in Gaza [Brooke Anderson/The New Arab]

‘Shut it Down for Palestine’ was the most recent large-scale demonstration in Washington, DC demanding a ceasefire in Israel’s battle in Gaza.

On Friday, greater than a thousand demonstrators gathered at Union Station, the capital’s major prepare station, shutting it down at rush hour on the finish of the work week, with police responding by blocking the whole major entrance.

In entrance of the barricaded prepare station, demonstrators held indicators studying: Genocide Joe, Ceasefire Now, Free Gaza, and Finish US Help to Israel. Jewish allies held indicators studying: Now in Our Identify. Deaf demonstrators used signal language to take part in chants. Organisers led chants in each English and Arabic.

The demonstration befell as Israel’s battle in Gaza is about to enter its seventh week, with greater than 11,000 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes. 

Following Hamas’s 7 October shock assault which left round 1,200 Israelis lifeless, in response to Tel Aviv, Israel has responded with relentless bombing and a stifling blockade on Gaza.

Rights teams and activists have raised considerations over mass hunger and dehydration within the crowded enclave.

Ramsey Garbi, whose household is Palestinian and whose grandmother was a part of the 1948 Nakba, informed The New Arab, “I am right here to point out solidarity with Palestinians and name for a ceasefire.”

“It appears like increasingly more persons are popping out and exhibiting solidarity with Palestinians,” he mentioned. “I feel the reality is popping out increasingly more, and persons are seeing Israel for what it truly is, which is an apartheid state. And I imagine there needs to be a ceasefire. The worldwide neighborhood agrees there needs to be a ceasefire.” 

Haaroon Rahimi, initially from Afghanistan, who got here from Virginia for the demonstration, informed TNA: “I got here to help Palestine and peace for everyone. I need to present help to everybody who’s struggling and oppressed.”

The gathering drew media movie crews from totally different nations, talking a number of languages. Some demonstrators voiced their disappointment to the media crews for what they noticed as protection unfairly portraying them as Hamas supporters, saying they’ve solely been demonstrating for Palestinian civilians. 

Friday’s demonstration is one in every of many which have been going down throughout the US and the world calling for a ceasefire in Israel’s battle in Gaza, with the purpose of influencing politicians to place stress on Israel to finish its bombing and blockade. 

Up to now, not less than 25 Home members have referred to as for a ceasefire, with Jamie Raskin of Maryland issuing a press release on his place Friday.

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