FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A group gathered in downtown Fort Wayne by the Allen County Courthouse to show their support for Palestine.
This was in response to this past month’s events in the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict. According to NewsNation, the conflict heated up on May 10th when Hamas militants in Gaza fired long-range rockets toward Jerusalem. The barrage came after days of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
The conflict has sparked reactions from across the U.S. including Fort Wayne.
“We wanted to raise awareness, because unfortunately, the news are usually skewed in favor of Israel,” said Ahmed Abdelmagbed, a board member from the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace. “We want people to learn more about the situation, we want people to contact their elected officials to let them know, to not let Israel go on accounted for and accountable for its actions.”
According to Abdelmagbed, the group wants Israel to be held accountable for around 250 civilian Palestinian deaths, 66 of which were children killed in raids on Palestinian territories. He said not holding Israel accountable for those deaths would not be holding Israel to the same standard as other allies.
“The latest measure by the Biden administration was to give 750-some-odd-million dollars to Israel in military aid,” Abdelmagbed said. “That just is incomprehensible for us and we want to stop that, and we want to have actual accountability for actions and transgressions against Palestine and against international law.”
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