Hundreds protest against Israel at ‘Nakba’ rally in Washington

A man wearing a keffiyeh looks at the US Capitol during a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel rally on May 18, 2024, on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A man wearing a keffiyeh looks at the US Capitol during a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel rally on May 18, 2024, on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Hundreds of protesters rally within sight of the US Capitol in Washington to demonstrate against Israel and mark the “Nakba,” or catastrophe, of Israel’s founding and the accompanying exodus of some 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were forced from their homes during the War of Independence in 1948.

There are calls in support of the Palestinians and an immediate end to Israeli military offensive against Hamas in Gaza, which was launched following the terror group’s devastating October 7 onslaught. “No peace on stolen land” and “End the killings, stop the crime/Israel out of Palestine,” echo through the crowd.

Protesters also focus their anger on US President Joe Biden for his support of Israel.

“Biden Biden, you will see/genocide’s your legacy,” they say. The Democratic president is in Atlanta on Saturday.

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