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Protest for Gaza
About 30 students came together to peacefully protest the bombing of Palestine in front of the HUC on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.
Students for Justice in Palestine at UAB hosted the demonstration. They are a new student organization on campus and work in solidarity with the Palestinian people against apartheid and occupation.
“We were protesting about the [unfair] Israeli attacks on Gaza that have been going on since last weekend, killing innocent civilians including babies and children, women and the elderly,” commented Farah Al Farhan, leader of the protest.
Reports say the bombing escalated two days prior to the protest when Israeli forces assassinated Hamas military leader, Ahmad Jabari, and subsequently launched an air strike over Gaza. Israeli government officials state the attacks are in defense of Hamas’ rocket fire before the assassination.
According to reports, roughly 1,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel this year, with casualties in the single digits.
From a statement from the White House, recently re-elected President Obama backed “Israel’s right to defend itself” and has shared his “regret over the loss of Israeli and Palestinian lives”
during his second phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Huffington Post.
The Israeli occupation of Gaza, a 20-mile strip of land on the southwestern coast of Israel, has witnessed severe over-crowding and poverty.
The most recent UN report on Gaza says that 39 percent of the people living in Gaza, live below the poverty line and one in five children are living with post-traumatic stress disorder.
This recent escalation is the first since a ground-war in 2009 that killed 109,000 Palestinians.
The Justice in Palestine group chanted over the busy University Boulevard “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” “Gaza, Gaza, don’t you cry, Palestine will never die,” and
“Netanyahu you can’t hide, we’ll charge you with genocide” among many others.
Additional reporting by Mary Jane Chen.