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Washington protestors demand US stop funding Israel's war crimes

"We will stand against any politician that continues to fund weapons to Israel," shares a protestor in Washington rally

By Web Desk
May 30, 2021
Thousands marched on the Israeli Embassy in London to protest Israel's attacks on Gaza. AFP

Over 1,000 marched on Saturday in Washington to express solidarity for Palestinians, demanding an end to US aid for Israel. 

The protest came in the wake of Israel's massacre of Palestinian women, children and unarmed men in the Gaza strip. 

The protest on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial came as a ceasefire that ended 11 days of aerial bombardment by Israel in the Gaza Strip. The ceasefire has so far held.

"We are hoping to send a clear message to the United States government that the days of supporting the Israeli state without repercussions are over," one of the demonstrators, 39-year-old Washington lawyer Sharif Silmi, said as he stood in the crowd where many protesters held red, white, green and black Palestinian flags.

"We will stand against any politician that continues to fund weapons to Israel. We will oppose them, we will vote against them, we will fund their opponents until we vote them out of office," said Silmi.

Lama Alahmad, a resident of neighboring Virginia who is of Palestinian origin, said US public opinion is turning in favor of the Palestinian cause.

"There is a huge change" going on in the US with regard to the Palestinian cause seeking a sovereign homeland, said Alahmad.

"We just want the world to recognize that we are human beings. We are not terrorists," said Alahmad, a 43-year-old stay-at-home mother who grew up in the United Arab Emirates before moving to the US around 20 years ago.

Silmi insisted there was now broad opposition in the US to how Israel treats the Palestinians, which he likened to apartheid in South Africa.

"People have now woken up, and we´re resisting. Whether young Jews, young Muslims, young Blacks, young whites, there is a generational shift. And people are working across ethnic groups, racial groups, to work for change and freedom and liberation for Palestinian people," Silmi said.