LANSING, Mich. — About a hundred protesters gathered at the state Capitol on Saturday to rally in support of Palestine in the Israel-Gaza conflict.
“The Capitol is seen as a very important place therefore we want to have the event here to signify how important it is," said rally organizer Chiffa Addallah-Hassan.
This rally comes after attacks broke out between the Israelis and Palestinians in east Jerusalem. The attacks have killed at least 230 people including 65 children and left over 1,600 wounded.
Alexander Sauhouri also helped organize the rally and said, even though there was a cease-fire, the conflict is far from over.
“We just don't want people to get the wrong idea that the occupation is over, the apartheid is over, Palestinian suffering is over," Sahouri said. "That stuff's not over, that stuff is still happening.”
The protesters marched to State Representative Elissa Slotkin's office. Sahouri said they're asking Slotkin to sign bill H.R. 2590.
“I would say that she needs to co-sign house resolution 2590," Sahouri said. "That’s the legislation that conditions aid to Israel.”
Addallah-Hassan said it's important that people know how important the issue is.
“We do have Palestinian neighbors. They have Palestinian kids that go to their kids' school, that go to school with them and everything, so we want to let them know that we need to be here for each other,” said Addallah-Hassan.
Sahouri and Addallah-Hassan both said it was amazing to see the level of support Saturday.
“We know that we have a lot of support with us and behind us and we also want everybody to know that we can all be there for each other,” Addallah-Hassan said.
A cease fire between Israel and Palestine went into effect May 21, eleven days after the attacks began.
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