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Palestinian Americans rally in downtown Wilmington to raise awareness

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The violent conflict between Israel and Hamas continued for a 14th straight day with both sides ignoring a United Nations call for cease-fire.

The call for peace also rang out in downtown Wilmington Friday evening.

More than 50 Palestinian Americans started the rally at Riverfront Park around 4:00 Friday afternoon.  They were joined by many who are sympathetic to their cause.

Those involved in the rally were not protesting U.S. policy in the Middle East, but instead raising awareness, along with showing sympathy and support for the Palestinians still left behind in Gaza and the West Bank.

The group is objecting to Israel's treatment of Palestinians.  Many in our area still have family in Gaza, where hundreds have died in rocket attacks over the past 14 days.

Organizers say while Hamas has also fired rockets into southern Israel, there is much more to the violence between the two groups.

"The Israelis will tell you that Hamas started that by firing some missiles into Israeli towns and cities," said organizer Musa Agil.  "But they will not tell you that they have imposed a siege, a blockade on the Gaza strip for the past three years. So, the Palestinians in Gaza have been dying very slowly, and now they are dying in large numbers."

The group said they want to educate the Wilmington community to what they call the true story of what is happening in the West Bank and Gaza.

 

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