Thousands Protest Zionist Actions in Gaza, Demanding Ceasefire and End to US Military Aid

Thousands of protesters gathered in US cities to demand a permanent ceasefire and an end to US military aid to Israel, coinciding with the 76th anniversary of "Nakba". The protests resulted in arrests and bridge closures, with demonstrators calling for an end to the violence in Gaza.

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Thousands Protest Zionist Actions in Gaza, Demanding Ceasefire and End to US Military Aid

Thousands Protest Zionist Actions in Gaza, Demanding Ceasefire and End to US Military Aid

On Saturday, thousands of protesters gathered in New York City, Seattle, St. Louis, and Brooklyn to demonstrate against Zionist actions in Gaza, demanding a permanent ceasefire and a ban on US military aid to Israel. The protests, which coincided with the 76th anniversary of "Nakba," the annual observation of mass Palestinian displacement during the 1948 establishment of Israel, resulted in arrests and bridge closures in some cities.

Why this matters: The ongoing conflict in Gaza has significant humanitarian implications, with thousands of Palestinians displaced and many more affected by the violence. A peaceful resolution to the conflict is crucial for regional stability and global security.

In New York City, more than 100 protesters intentionally blocked lanes of traffic on the Manhattan Bridge, leading to numerous arrests. NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Operations Kaz Daughtry shared aerial footage of the arrests, calling the blockade a "public safety hazard." Daughtry stated, "More than an inconvenience, this is a public safety hazard. The NYPD will always protect freedom of speech and protest, but we will not stand for lawlessness!" The exact number of arrests was not confirmed by police.

The demonstrations were held in response to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, which has resulted in significant loss of life and property damage. Protester Nas Issa, 26, said, "What we are seeing is history repeating itself with the destruction of homes, the mass displacement of people, the murder of tens of thousands of Palestinians... And so that's why we called this march for today, both to honor the 'Nakba' but also to call for an end to the ongoing genocide."

Pro-Palestinian protesters gathered outside a building where President Biden was attending a fundraising event for his presidential campaign. The protest at Westlake Park featured speakers sharing personal stories and leading the crowd in chants. Many held signs and waved Palestinian flags. One protester, who lost nine family members in Gaza, told KCPQ TV: "It's important for me to be here because I've lost nine family members in Gaza and I've found my voice in my Palestinian heritage and I want to be here and support my people and show we want peace and we're here until Palestine is free."

Pro-Palestinian activists participated in a march under the banner "HandsOffRafah" to protest Israel's invasion of the city, and in Brooklyn, where a march outside the Barclays Center demanded an immediate and permanent ceasefire and an end to the Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza. University students across American universities also continued their protests, pressuring administrations to divest from the Israeli occupation and cease collaboration with academic institutions there.

The protests come amid an escalation of violence in Gaza, with both Israeli and Palestinian forces engaging in airstrikes and rocket attacks. The conflict has resulted in a significant humanitarian crisis, with thousands of Palestinians displaced and many more affected by the violence. Last year, the UN General Assembly requested that the anniversary of the Nakba be commemorated on May 15 for the first time in history, underscoring the ongoing plight of the Palestinian people.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrations across the United States highlight the growing demand for a permanent ceasefire and an end to US military aid to Israel. As the conflict in Gaza continues, with President Biden threatening to halt weapons in the case of a full-scale invasion, the protests serve as a powerful reminder of the urgent need for a peaceful resolution and solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Key Takeaways

  • Thousands protested in NYC, Seattle, St. Louis, and Brooklyn against Zionist actions in Gaza.
  • Protesters demanded a permanent ceasefire and a ban on US military aid to Israel.
  • Arrests and bridge closures occurred in some cities due to protests.
  • The conflict in Gaza has significant humanitarian implications, displacing thousands of Palestinians.
  • Pro-Palestinian demonstrations across the US demand a peaceful resolution and solidarity with Palestinians.