Pro-Israeli and Palestinian supporters rally in West Loop

Hundreds of pro-Israeli and Palestinian protesters rallied near the Israeli Consulate in the West Loop Tuesday.

Chicago police officers assigned to the Mounted Unit kept the two sides separate at Madison and Canal.

More than 30 organizations that support Israel are making their voices heard. They are arguing Israel only wants peace, and has a right to defend itself.

“The message is simple and clear: say ‘yes’ to peace and no to ‘terror,'” said Peggy Shapiro, of Stand with Us.

“We’re all asking for a cease-fire. We want an end to the killing,” said Hatem Abudayyeh, of the Coalition for Justice in Palestine.

 

 

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4 comments

  • MITCH

    IF THE PALESTINIANS WANT A CEASEFIRE THEN IT IS INCUMBANT ON THEM TO DO SO. STOP FIRING ROCKETS. ITS THAT SIMPLE. HAMAS HAS MORE THAN TWICE IN THIS LAST CONFLICT REJECTED CEASEFIRES. THE FIRST BROKERED BY EGYPT AND THE SECOND BY THE U.N. IN BOTH ISRAEL STOPPED FIRING AND HAMAS CONTINUED. THE BALL HAS NOW AND ALWAYS BEEN IN THE ARAB’S COURT. YOU WANT PEACE? PROVE IT. INSTEAD THEY HAD THE AUDACITY TO RAISE A HAMAS FLAG IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN CHICAGO. A CITY IN A COUNTRY WHICH HAS THE GROUP LISTED AS A TERRORIST GROUP. WHAT MESSAGE DOES THAT SEND I WONDER?

    • Ismael

      In the Viet Nam war American soldiers were called baby killers. Why aren’t We calling the Jews the same? Mitch the longer this war goes on the more young kids will hate Israel. Hamas knows this and will fight as long as they can. You don’t make friends by keeping them in a jail. You know the Gaza strip is the biggest jail on Earth. Hams will have more recruits after this altercation is over. So they lose a few hundred fighters but the pool of recruits will be thousands. For further information find the 60 minutes (CBS) report done on the Gaza strip and You will see the type of government we are supporting. Israel is no friend of the U.S. Stop our 4 billion dollar support and We will be kicked out of there in no time at all.

  • Robert

    Hmmm. It would seem any rational argument against Israel’s actions warrants having one’s comments deleted. What is who afraid of? The truth can only hurt those hiding from it.


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