Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Pro-Gaza Protesters Rally At State Capitol

Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups are holding events across Michigan to offer their perspectives on the conflict in Gaza.

Pro-Palestinian protesters held signs decrying Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip in front of the state Capitol on Wednesday.
Pro-Palestinian protesters held signs decrying Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip in front of the state Capitol on Wednesday.
Credit mprn Jake Neher

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, protesters gathered in front of the state Capitol Wednesday in support of Palestinians.

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Dozens of people showed up to call for peace in Palestine – at the same time decrying Israel for launching an offensive on Hamas in the Gaza Strip. They blame Israel for the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

Protesters like Thasin Sardar of East Lansing say state officials should officially ask the federal government to take action.

“I believe the state officials have every right to intervene and ask them not to use U.S. taxpayer money to kill civilians,” he says.

Pro-Israeli groups blame Hamas for civilian deaths. They say Hamas is using them as “human shields.” The United Nations’ top human rights official says both sides may have committed war crimes in the conflict.