Downtown Chicago streets were flooded Wednesday afternoon by thousands of protesters damning Israel’s ongoing acts of self defense from attack by Palestinian terror rockets.
Israeli flags were torn and protesters chanted anti-Israel slogans as they marched in their support of Palestinian terror organization Hamas and its random strikes.
The demonstration occurred as Israel continued a military offensive to defend its borders that killed as many as ten senior Hamas military figures among others and launched air strikes that toppled two high-rise towers housing Hamas facilities.
As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have been subjected to the attacks directed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Arab riots in several Israeli cities, particularly in the flashpoint Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem’s Old City, devolved Monday night into a full-blown confrontation with Gaza.
Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu made clear Israel’s actions in self defense remain no different from any other nation under direct attack.
As reported by Breitbart Jerusalem, “More than 1,000 rockets were launched from the Hamas-ruled enclave into Israel, killing five people and injuring hundreds more. Israeli airstrikes killed at least 35 people in Gaza, most of whom were terror groups or else victims of Hamas rocket fire that had fallen short of its target.”
The attacks have brought life to a standstill in those Israeli communities.
Those who marched through Chicago did so even as U.S. President Joe Biden contacted Netanyahu in an effort to show U.S. support for the Jewish state.
Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich issued a statement calling for “prayer and peace” between the two sides.
“There can be no doubt of Israel’s right to a secure existence. Palestinians, too, have a right to statehood, territorial integrity, and safety,” Cupich said.
Many participating in the demonstration were from Bridgeview which has one of metropolitan Chicago’s largest Palestinian populations, AP reports.
“It’s difficult to watch the news and see what’s happening to our families and friends there,” Hatem Abudayyeh, chairperson of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network, told NBC-Chicago.
“They’re very careful when they’re home, and they’re very anxious listening for the air raids.”