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Global Rallies Amplify Tensions as Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Escalates

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Global Rallies Amplify Tensions as Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Escalates

Rallies Held Worldwide in Support of Palestinians and Condemnation of Israel

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied across the Middle East and in parts of Asia, Europe, Canada, and the United States on Friday in support of Palestinians and condemnation of Israel as it intensified its strikes on Gaza in retaliation for Hamas assaults.

Jewish communities in the U.S., France, and elsewhere also held rallies in solidarity with Israel after the Hamas attack from Gaza – the deadliest killing spree against Israeli civilians in the country’s history.

Strong support and sympathy for Israel have been seen from Western governments and many citizens over the Hamas attacks. However, the Israeli response has also sparked anger, particularly in Arab and Muslim countries.

In Turkey, crowds gathered outside mosques chanting against Israel and saluting Hamas. In the city of Diyarbakir, a business owner stated, “All the Muslim world needs to be one against Israel.”

Protests Spread Across Europe and Canada

In Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, youths set fires on the streets and clashed with the Israeli military.

Protests were held in Rome, where a huge Palestinian flag was passed overhead, as well as in other European cities like Braband in Denmark and Berlin, where some protesters were detained by police.

Germany and France banned pro-Palestinian demonstrations, and several Western countries increased security at synagogues and Jewish schools, fearing that protests could turn violent.

In Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) stated that they were aware of social media posts threatening the Jewish community, prompting increased vigilance.

Public safety and justice ministers from across the country emphasized the importance of peaceful protests while warning against hateful rhetoric.

Protests and Demonstrations Worldwide

Protests and demonstrations were also held in various parts of the world.

In Montreal, activists organizing a pro-Palestinian rally stated that associating protest with hatred is unwarranted.

Activists in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Japan, and Sri Lanka demonstrated against Israel’s actions, expressing solidarity with Palestinians.

In the Netherlands and London, Jewish schools were closed for safety reasons. French police fired tear gas and water cannons in Paris to disperse a banned rally in support of Palestinians.

In the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, activists protested after Friday prayers, while members of Japan’s Muslim community demonstrated near the Israeli embassy in Tokyo.

In the Iraqi capital Baghdad, tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied, burning the Israeli flag and chanting anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli slogans.

Support for Israel Also Seen Worldwide

Rallies and vigils in support of Israel were also scheduled to take place, with demonstrations planned in Warsaw and Paris.

Additional police patrols were carried out in Jewish and Muslim neighborhoods in major cities across the United States.

Thousands of people were expected to participate in a March for Palestine in Britain.

Germany’s radical youth environmentalist group, the Last Generation, canceled their planned protests to avoid distracting police from protecting Jews and Jewish institutions.

Overall, the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has sparked protests and demonstrations worldwide, with strong emotions and differing opinions on both sides.

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