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Hundreds fill Tempe streets as Middle East standoff wages on

Community members show support for Palestinians

 by Deanna Dent
 published on Monday, January 28, 2008

<b>MIDDLE EAST MARCHERS:</b> Young protestors chant against Israelís blockade of Palestine as well as US support of Israel during a protest in Tempe Saturday evening.  /issues/news/703284
Deanna Dent / THE STATE PRESS
MIDDLE EAST MARCHERS: Young protestors chant against Israelís blockade of Palestine as well as US support of Israel during a protest in Tempe Saturday evening.
 
<b>LIGHT OF HOPE:</b> Children light candles at Mill Avenue and University Drive Saturday evening to remember those who are suffering in Palestine because of the Israeli blockade.  /issues/news/703284
Deanna Dent / THE STATE PRESS
LIGHT OF HOPE: Children light candles at Mill Avenue and University Drive Saturday evening to remember those who are suffering in Palestine because of the Israeli blockade.
 

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More than 200 students and community members hit the streets of downtown Tempe Saturday night to protest what they see as Israel's inhumane treatment of Palestinians inhabiting the Gaza Strip.

On Jan. 18, Israel bombed the Hamas-run Interior Ministry and cut off fuel supplies, humanitarian aid and all movement across the border in response to increasing rocket attacks on Israel's border communities by Gaza militants, according to the Associated Press.

On Wednesday, members of Hamas knocked down the wall separating Palestine from Egypt and allowed floods of Palestinians to enter, the AP reported.

Many bought basic essentials such as food, according to reports; others carried cigarettes and soft drinks to take back into Gaza before the wall is repaired.

The activities in the Gaza strip led to many protests in the Middle East and the U.S., including the one at the intersection of Mill Avenue and University Drive Saturday evening.

"I am here showing support for Palestine, raising awareness. It's a little thing we can do for the Palestinian people," said Huda Shrourou, a religious studies junior. "There are 1.5 million without electricity, fuel. That is genocide ready to happen."

Entire families stood together Saturday night, holding candles in vigil for those affected by the blockade, while others waved Palestian flags and yelled protests of the Israeli treatment to Palestinians inhabiting the Gaza Strip.

"[This is] a call to the human conscience," said Hassam Al Richi of Chandler. "Disputes aside, let's go back to the table in a more civil and humane way."

Sophomore biology major Fatthi Sadeddin said he wanted others to be aware of the multiple issues in Palestine. He also said he hoped to bring the blockade and the general treatment of Palestinians to the attention of the American public.

"It's not a one-sided thing like the media portrays it," he added.

Reach the reporter at deanna.dent@asu.edu.



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