[Photos] Orlando rallies in support of Palestine following week of Gaza airstrikes
The conflict between the state of Israel and Palestinian citizens reached its worst point in over 15 years last week.
Following a police raid on the Al Aqsa mosque on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the pending removal of several Palestinian families from an East Jerusalem neighborhood and the closure of a plaza frequently used by Palestinians to gather after celebrations and prayer, both Israel and Hamas (the governing body of the Gaza Strip) have ramped up missle strikes, attacks and raids.
The death toll in this conflict has fallen overwhelmingly on Palestinians. The support and weaponry partially provided by the United States has helped along airstrikes that killed nearly 200 people in Gaza last week and destroyed the news offices of the Associated Press and Al-Jazeera. Against this backdrop, rallies were held around the world to support the cause of a free Palestine, one that is out from under the yoke of Israel.
Supporters of Palestinian self-determination rallied in downtown Orlando for a march on Saturday. Photos and videos from attendees (and the Orlando Democratic Socialists of America) show an enthusiastic turnout to show support for the bisected state.