Demonstrators speak out against recent Israeli and Palestinian violence

Posted at: 11/16/2012 10:00 PM
Updated at: 11/17/2012 7:32 AM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Protestors came out Friday night in force at UNM to stand against violence between Israel and Palestine.

The ongoing bloodshed continued Wednesday when an Israeli rocket killed a top military leader of Hamas.

Since then, rockets have been launched from Israeli and Palestinian borders and war on the ground could come quickly.

Activists spoke out against the civilians, including children, who have already died in the last few days of combat.

"As a Christian, I stand in solidarity with Gaza, with the people who are being denied their human rights. Human rights is a big Christian issue," Bernadette Garcia said.

Janice Hart, who is Jewish, was also out protesting.

"A large segment of the Jewish community does not agree with what Israel is doing. We feel that Israel has strayed from the basic tenets of Judaism," Janice Hart said.

But one woman out of the over one hundred alongside Central waved an Israeli flag and shouted in support of Israel.

"Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. And I think it's important to defend democracy, especially being an American. My father lived through communism, my family-members were killed in the Holocaust," Sarah Abonyi said.

Abonyi said President Barack Obama needs to give more financial support to Israel.

"More forward about it. He's a little passive about it, and I understand that because the country is so split. He's in a really hard position," she said.

But the other protestors had different ideas for President Obama.

"Our tax dollars pay for this inhumane treatment to the Palestinians, to all of Palestine," Bernadette Garcia said.

"You know the U.S. government should just stop aiding the Israelis and helping them and advocating for genocide in Palestine," Ruquaya Quraishi of Lebanon said.

Activists said they will have another protest against Israel Saturday starting at noon along Central at Tulane.