Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters rally in rain in US to mark a painful present and past
    Date :20-May-2024

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian  
 
 
 
 
WASHINGTON,
 
 
 
HUNDREDS of protesters rallied within sight of the US Capitol, chanting pro-Palestinian slogans and voicing criticism of the Israeli and American Governments as they marked a painful present — the war in Gaza — and past — the exodus of some 7,00,000 Palestinians who fled or were forced from what is now Israel when the State was created in 1948. About 400 demonstrators braved steady rains to rally on the National Mall on the 76th anniversary of what is called the Nakba, the Arabic word for catastrophe. In January, thousands of pro-Palestinian activists had gathered in the nation’s capital in one of the larger protests in recent memory.
 
There were calls in support of Palestinian rights and an immediate end to Israeli military operations in Gaza. “No peace on stolen land” and “End the killings, stop the crime/Israel out of Palestine,” echoed through the crowd. Protesters also focussed their anger on President Joe Biden, whom they accuse of feigning concern over the death toll in Gaza. “Biden Biden, you will see/genocide’s your legacy,” they said. The Democratic president was in Atlanta on Saturday. Reem Lababdi, a George Washington University sophomore who said she was pepper-sprayed by police last week when they broke up an on-campus protest encampment, acknowledged that the rain seemed to hold down the numbers.