Hundreds of thousands of people
took to the streets on Saturday in countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand to show solidarity with Palestinians
as deadly violence in Gaza and Israel continues.
Thousands of people protested in Washington, D.C., waving Palestinian flags and holding signs that read "Free Palestine
" and "Save Sheikh Jarrah," referring to a predominantly Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem
Similar protests were held in other cities across the United States, including New York City
, San Diego
, Dallas, San Francisco
, and Portland, Oregon (story continues below).
Thousands of pro-Palestinian activists march in Washington, DC https://t.co/roeAna5eNz— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) May 15, 2021
#SaveSheikhJarrah #FreePalestine pic.twitter
.com/XkD029AV46 — Nadia Kanji (@KanjiNadia) May 15, 2021
#SaveSheikhJarrahFreedom pic.twitter.com/oS5jyRMrfH — Jesse Franzblau (@JFranzblau) May 15, 2021
#JewsAgainstApartheid in Brooklyn with thousands of others. pic.twitter.com/ZHJ2DJNXy0 — Yonah Lieberman (@YonahLieberman) May 15, 2021
Dozens of Palestinian flags and at least a couple hundred protesters in support of #FreePalestine at 16th and Valencia. pic.twitter.com/k0RAJP8SxF — Caron (@caroncreighton) May 15, 2021
Pic.twitter.com/ZVwrm8Eoco — Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe) May 15, 2021
Huge, inspiring turnout in Dallas for #Palestine solidarity! #FreePalestine #SaveSheikhJarrah! pic.twitter.com/pr6GIp1Fuj— North Texas
Socialist Alternative (@NTXSocialistAlt) May 15, 2021
#FreePalestine #Palestine #SheikhJarrah #PalestineUnderAttack #GazaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/yw9K24BFIg—The Activated Podcast (@TheActivatedPod) May 15, 2021
Several hundred people gathered downtown in Portland, Oregon, to show solidarity with Palestinians. #portland #solidarity #Palestine pic.twitter.com/aqxgvP14mW— Maranie R. Staab (@MaranieRae) May 15, 2021
As the protests raged on Saturday, Israeli forces attacked Gaza City
, destroying a 12-story building that housed offices for The Associated Press
, Al Jazeera
, and other media
outlets. The AP said it “narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life” because the dozen or so AP journalists and freelancers who were inside the building were able to flee in time.
The Associated Press president, Gary Pruitt
, said he was "shocked and horrified" that the Israeli military would "target and destroy" a building that it knew housed several news organizations.
The Israeli military defended the attack on the press building, which it claimed also housed Hamas
“Hamas has turned residential areas in the Gaza Strip
into military strongholds,” Israel Defense Forces
said in a statement. “When Hamas uses a tall building for military purposes, it becomes a lawful military target.... The Israel Defense Forces struck a number of such buildings in recent days, but we took steps to ensure that civilians were not harmed.”
The attack came after Israeli forces carried out an air raid
on a city refugee camp, killing at least ten Palestinians, the majority of whom were children
According to the White House
, President Joe Biden
spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
following the attacks, and expressed his concerns “about the safety and security of journalists, reinforcing the need to ensure their protection.”
Biden told Netanyahu that he supported Israel's right to defend itself against rocket
attacks from the militant group Hamas and condemned attacks on Israel. Hamas launched dozens of rockets this week at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
According to the White House, Biden also “recognized that the current period of conflict has tragically claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children.”
According to Palestine, at least 145 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza Strip violence since Monday, including 41 children, while Israel has reported 10 deaths, including two children, according to Reuters.
Rallies in major cities around the world condemned the violence this week, including London and Cardiff in the United Kingdom, Auckland in New Zealand, Sydney in Australia, and Montreal and Toronto in Canada.
#protest #israel #Palestine # pic.twitter.com/RxeYUu5d4S— Farid Qureshi (@FaridQureshi_UK) May 15, 2021
#FreePalestine #SaveSheikhJarrah pic.twitter.com/PMxrAV2WGU— Taj (@Taj_Ali1) May 15, 2021
#FreePalestine #SaveGaza #SaveSheikhJarrah #Palestine #PalestineUnderAttack #StopTheAttacks #Cardiff #wales pic.twitter.com/qDtTuOdJzw — Abdullah Jafris (@abdullahj) May 15, 2021
In Auckland right now, about to walk through #Palestine #freePalestine pic.twitter.com/4u4khpRxHU— Nyree McFarlane (@Nyree_B) May 15, 2021
Thousands of demonstrators chant "Free, Free Palestine" at a Palestinian protest against Israeli violence in downtown Montreal pic.twitter.com/aJkquV6KdA — Rene Bruemmer (@ReneBruemmer) May 15, 2021
Thank you, Sydney! #FreePalestine pic.twitter.com/Q4vzBvXZuw— Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) May 15, 2021