Anti-Israel protesters gathered Sunday outside the White House in Washington, DC, to express their anger at Israel’s deadly offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip which has killed over 500 Palestinians.
The protesters marched throughout the US capital for most of the afternoon. They started at the US State Department and ended their march at the official residence of the US president, calling on Barack Obama to intervene in the conflict in order to put an end to the killing of innocent Palestinians rather than throwing his full support behind the Israeli atrocities.
Blake Selzer, one of the protesters outside the White House who is hosting, with his wife, a Palestinian woman from Gaza at their home, says their guest has to call her family every night just to check whether they are still alive.
“The woman who we have staying with us has to call home each night – and if she can reach them, they have electricity maybe three hours a night – just to see if they’re alive,” Selzer told Press TV’s Washington correspondent, Colin Campbell.
“Israel is just bombing and bombing and we’re here having talks and, you know, not really taking action and people are dying, you know, kids are dying,” another protester at the White House told Press TV.
Similar protests have also been held in a number of other cities across the United States including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Denver, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
American protesters’ call for a response from the White House to the mounting civilian casualties in Gaza comes as Obama has publicly supported Israel’s operation against Palestinians, saying Tel Aviv has the “right to defend itself.”
According to the latest reports, 14 days of Israel’s military onslaught on the Gaza Strip have left at least 510 Palestinians dead, scores of them women and children.
Last week, the US Senate unanimously approved a non-binding resolution in support of Israel’s “right to defend itself” against Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.