Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of major U.S. cities on Saturday, attacking Israel while voicing support for a string of pro-Palestinian demands.
Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Dearborn, Michigan, hosted just some of the protest marches.
AP reports traffic on a major thoroughfare in west Los Angeles was blocked as marchers stretchedfor two miles from outside the federal building to the Israeli consulate.
Flags and signs that said “free Palestine” were on display while shouts of “long live intifada,” or uprising, were made.
A protest that started in a neighborhood in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, which has a large Arabic-speaking community, continued through the streets for several hours on Saturday afternoon.
Footage on social media showed people had climbed up the poles of street lights to wave flags while others set off fireworks.
They waved Palestinian flags and held placards that read “End Israeli Apartheid” and “Freedom for Gaza.”
As the sun set, some protesters walked onto the Interstate 278 shutting down traffic in at least on direction, according to video posted online.
Bella Hadid, a well-known Palestinian-American model, participated in the Brooklyn protest.
In Atlanta, hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators, including grandparents, teenagers and mothers and fathers with youngsters in tow, assembled downtown to wave signs and chant slogans, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
A similar scene played out in Boston as protesters walked a short distance from Copley Square to the Israeli Consulate for New England, blocking traffic.
Footage on social media shows protesters unfurl a banner in the colors of the Palestinian flag with the words “Free Palestine” while standing on top of the awning of the building where the consulate is located.
Even as they marched, the Israeli government stood and thanked those countries that backed its right to self defense against the terror rocket attacks by Hamas terrorists.
Thank you so much to all of the countries who continue to support our 🇱 right to protect our citizens from terror. 🇴🇹🇳🇵🇾🇺🇾🇺🇸🇷🇱🇺🇹🇾🇿🇺🇹🇱🇹🇲🇳🇱🇲🇸🇺
— Israel ישראל (@Israel) May 15, 2021
Meanwhile in Philadelphia, thousands of demonstrators filled Rittenhouse Square to decry U.S. support for Israel and demand an end to Israel’s right to exist.
At a protest in Pittsburgh, one speaker called on lawmakers to put restrictions on how Israel can spend aid from the United States.
The protests on Saturday followed a similar set that took to streets across America during mid-week protests against Israel.
As Breitbart News reported, downtown Chicago streets were flooded on that occasion 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 terrorist facilities.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck more than 100 targets in Gaza overnight after Palestinian terrorists fired rockets at civilians. https://t.co/M3kLaXyAUC
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 12, 2021
Both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have been subjected to terror rocket 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 remain no different from any other nation under direct attack.
Share the truth pic.twitter.com/GYD8SZu2jS
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 13, 2021
Elsewhere on Saturday, several thousand demonstrated in Montreal, calling for “the liberation of Palestine.”
Protesters also denounced “war crimes” committed by Israel in Gaza and carried placards accusing Israel of violating international law during the protest in the center of the Canadian city.
Earlier, a caravan of cars sounded their horns and drove with Palestinian flags blowing in the wind as they protested outside the Israeli consulate in the western part of Montreal.
AP, AFP contributed to this story