Hamas, a terrorist organization located throughout the Gaza strip, targeted Israel this week with over 1000 rockets and other explosives over a span of 3 days. Hamas and Palestinian fighters say this was in response to Israeli airstrike operations killing multiple Hamas leaders.
These rockets were overwhelmingly launched towards civilian and residential life in Israel.
A group of hundreds of pro-Palestinian protestors began to gather in Chicago protesting Israel’s response to these attacks. The protesters marched with signs demanding a halt to the U.S funds that go to Israel. Here is a link to a local Chicago news report on the massive pro-Palestinian protests.
Jay Tcath, the Executive Vice President of the Jewish Defense Fund told reporters, “We should not confuse the arsonist with the firefighter.” He went on to say the Israeli military is, “Responding with strength and proportionate force.”
Tcath reminded the viewers that the target of the airstrikes done by Israel are terrorists, whereas the rockets being fired into his country are targeting civilians.
— #SaveSheikhJarrah (@Riffs33) May 9, 2021
So blessed to have been able to attend this protest in Chicago today. I am still in awe of the pure will of the Palestinian people. We truly will never give up. From the river to the sea Palestine will be free. #LongLivePalestine pic.twitter.com/BeCDrkDQAt
— سهىsuha (@susuonthabeat) May 13, 2021
The protesters were chanting for Israel’s destruction.
Big and boisterous crowd out in downtown Chicago to protest Israel’s aggression. Loud chants of “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” pic.twitter.com/WKTOzxNV3O
— Miles Kampf-Lassin (@MilesKLassin) May 12, 2021
Massive Protests in the streets of Chicago, USA in support of Palestine & against the atrocities made by the Terrorists of Israel#GazaUnerAttack#PalestineUnderAttack#PalestineNeedsOurHelp#PalestiniansLivesMatter#PalestineWillBeFree pic.twitter.com/TZpoxMUD1E
— (@shadab1on1) May 13, 2021