Dearborn Protest Calls for End to Israeli Attacks on Gaza

The protest was organized by Dearborn Area Community Members, a local social media-based group.

Protesters gathered Saturday afternoon on Warren Avenue at Oakman Boulevard, near the Esper Branch Library, in Dearborn to speak out against Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Organized by Dearborn Area Community Members, the protest was put together quickly to publicly call for support from the U.S. federal government in ending the conflict.

According to the Washington Post, Israeli missile attacks on Gaza have continued for four days, escalating on Saturday as Hamas political buildings and homes of Hamas leaders were targeted in the air strikes.

Conversations have continued in the Middle East and beyond as political leaders struggle to reach an agreement and cease fire.

Several protesters in Dearborn on Saturday spoke out specifically against President Barack Obama, who has maintained support for Israel.

According to the Washington Post:

"The White House reiterated its support for the Israeli operation, which the military says is intended to stop rocket fire that has escalated in the four years since Israel last invaded Gaza to stunt attacks by Hamas, an Islamist movement that Israel and the United States consider a terrorist group."

Charles L Walls November 18, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I hesitate to thank you for your hollow praise, as I tend to view any comments from people who cowardly hide behind pseudonyms and handles to avoid disclosure of their real names with a great deal of skepticism.
Gilda Tamburro November 18, 2012 at 09:31 PM
What kind of US government support?
Tom November 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM
gilda, the US once financially supported the PLO. with the proliferation of hamas, came the end of that support. historically speaking, this tactic of firing rockets into isreal is nothing new for hamas. i'm not fan of war, and as grim and short sighted as it sounds, i hope isreal takes this opportunity to decapitate hamas once and for all.
laplateau November 19, 2012 at 02:30 PM
AC....you narrow brained idiot! ALL news agencies reported the first missile strikes from Palestine/Hamas into Israel...CBS..FoxNews...MSNBC...ABC...NBC..etc. The only news agency that did not, and the only one you apparently listen to, is Al Jazerra. Get you head out of the sand. I can't believe those idiots that demonstrate about something that is so supercilious as this and openly demonstrate their total ignorance in total disregard for the truth...then "demand" that the US do something in opposition to Israel..,THE VICTIM!
Charles L Walls November 19, 2012 at 05:48 PM
The saddest thing is that the poor Palistinians, for the most part, are victims, not of Israel, but of the fanatical islamists, represented by Hamas, who infest their nieghborhoods, and are funded, supplied and encouraged by the Islamist state Iran. It's amazing that the Dearborn protesters are so stupid (or so fanatically islamist themselves) that they do not understand this. (It's probably a mixture of both -- with the islamists egging on the stupid.)
Suzanne Marie November 19, 2012 at 06:50 PM
The truth is that Islamist Extremists hate Israel plus everyone else that doesn't subscribe to their religion. Innocent people from all countries and walks of faith (including Islan) will all die because of these few haters and that includes the innocent Palestinian people. Stop the Hate - Stop the Killing.
Charles L Walls November 19, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Suzanne, you stopped short of identifying the actual root cause of of the killing and the hate. You can't stop the killing until you stop the hate. And you can't stop the hate until you stop the cause of the hate. And that hate is seeded and nurtured by a fanatic belief system that makes these people think that their cause is righteous. In fact, I'm not sure that "hate" is the most accurate word for describing their attitude. More likely their motivation comes from religious fervor ginned up by their religious leaders. Add to this the relentless threat that anyone who speaks against this religious dogma will be vilified if not actually harmed, and you have the makings of a movement that absolutely CANNOT be stopped without real force.
So proud to be Muslim November 21, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Please every one, before say any thing you should read & hear from the both sides not only one and after that come and tell what u think!!
Charles L Walls November 21, 2012 at 06:41 PM
The issue is not so much with how Muslims, even moderate ones, tend to sympathize with the violent Islamic hate organizations and non-Muslims don't -- but rather how NON-Muslims publicly regard the horrific actions of those organizations. A Muslim and a non-Muslim can read BOTH sides of the Palestinian/Israeli argument, and each will come away with opposing sympathies. Until the terrorist style of violence completely CEASES, non-Muslims will never sympathize with the Palistinian cause. Christians experienced this same situation during the dark ages of Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. Devout Christians of that era sympathesized with the Crusaders and Inquisitors and feared to challenge them, but the non-Christians NEVER did. Thankfully, the Christian societies that participated in those horrors eventually became civilized. It's now time for the same in the Muslim world!
Michelle Iliazi November 22, 2012 at 12:12 AM
This is not a matter of who started what, when and where, this is a matter of People dying on both sides. While you guys want to bash each other and your chosen religions, again it is not about that either. For your information Palestinians are Christians and Muslims alike. They all endure the same treatment from Israel. The Problem is that the International Community keeps putting a bandaid on this situation. While most of you think Israel has a right to the land, maybe they do but maybe they don't. But Palestinians have a right to have land also. They have the right to exist and govern themselves without Israel watching over their shoulders. We have to find a way to stop bickering and start figuring out a way to satisfy both peoples. Another thing just because certain groups were labeled "Terrorist groups" doesn't really mean they are. This is a personal interpretation, I personally believe they are freedom fighters ... this is a term that was used for many decades and then all of a sudden it changed around about the time (1967) Israel was back by more established countries.
Charles L Walls November 22, 2012 at 12:39 AM
No one is trying to make this into a matter of "who started what". Nobody disputes that people are "dying on both sides". Whose religion is right or wrong is irrelevant. That is not to say that this dispute is not fueled by religion. Over history "religions" of all types have been the cause of more wrongful death than anything else. The problem here is that one group of people wants the land of another group of people -- plain and simple. If I want my neighbors property because it gives me better access to the beach, I certainly do not have any right to take it from him by threat or force. Likewise, Israel has what land it has by decree of the United Nations. Any additional lands Israel has gained since them was taken only after they were attacked by people who wanted their land. Most of the land gained by Israel, like Sinai and Gaza, has already given back...and even then at a great cost in Israel's security. Israel is NOT an aggressor. It is only a defender. If the attacks from outside Israel were to stop now and forever, there would never be another shot or missile or other reprisal fired by Israel.
Charles L Walls November 22, 2012 at 12:40 AM
As to trying to call the terrorists "freedom fighters", just what "freedom" are they fighting for? The "freedom" to take other peoples land and property? The "freedom" to wipe out another country? The "freedom" to wage war on a religion they don't believe in? As far as I know the Palestinians are much more "free" than many other people in the middle east. They are as "free" as the religious fanatics that they harbor within their communities will allow them to be. So come off that "freedom fighter" crap! At least here in Dearborn we are not stupid!
HD November 22, 2012 at 02:51 AM
The cease-fire is doomed to fail since it fails to redress the underlying cause of the conflict, namely the Israeli occupied Palestinian territories. Such a flimsy rapprochement could only be strengthened by truth and objectivity. The U.S. must abandon its pro-Israeli bias and begin to pursue a much more equitable foreign policy in the region. This will dramatically improve and defuse the reactionary animosity of the alleged "terrorist" extremists. The operative word is "reactionary." As Newton stated, "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." The Palestinian resistance is a reaction to Israel's threatening presence and continued subjugation of the Palestinians living in third-world squalor like gypsies with no home to call there own.
HD November 22, 2012 at 02:59 AM
The Israelis present themselves as innocuous, peace-loving allies of the United States when, in fact, they are sly, scheming propagandists that exert tremendous control of media outlets, and global financial/government affairs. This is particularly true in the U.S. where the Israeli super-pacs exert major political clout by funding pro-Israel legislation and policy.
HD November 22, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Citizens in the U.S. have been brain-washed by our biased media to regard people of Arabic decent as terrorist, war-mongering, vicious evil-doers and the Jews as our Judeo-Christian brothers ... and, of course, our only ally in the middle east. If you buy that line of BS, consider selling snow cones to the Sherpas next time you attempt to scale K2.
HD November 22, 2012 at 03:14 AM
The Israelis are, for the most part, belligerent and bellicose. They are programmed to reign supreme over the gentiles ... and that would include those adhering to the Islamic faith. Their Zionist mission is to proclaim global dominion.
Charles L Walls November 22, 2012 at 03:34 AM
The last four comments by HD (afraid to reveal your real name?) are utterly ridiculous and unsupported by any facts. If the Israeli mission is to achieve "global dominion", then their failure to show any aggressive tendency whatsoever and their complete lack of progress in furthering this goal will doom them to failure in this regard. The test of who is the real aggressor would be to stop all hostilities and see who starts up the violence again. I assure you, the Israelis will not attack ANY other lands outside their border except in defense. Citizens of the US are NOT brainwashed -- by Israel or any other propagandist. On the contrary, our freedom of the press is like no other in the world. It is we who see the truth.
Michelle Iliazi November 22, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Well Charles you have the right to your opinion and i have the right to mine. I don't believe Israel was there before 1948 it was Palestinian land under England's rule. Unfortunately, because of the war the Jews at that time were given a piece of land by a Zionist movement without taking into consideration the people who already lived there. I assure you, you don't know what Israel is thinking. They will attack any other country when they feel it is in their best interest and it doesn't matter what country. The United States/United Nations/International Community has asked them many times to removed all illegal settlements, have they, no ... they have also been asked to negotiate and go back to the 1967 borders, have they, no ... why, because they know, right now, that nobody is going to do anything to them. They actually laugh at our country because they know we need their money. So, please don't be fooled by what you hear on the news here, do some research, talk to people who have an interest and knowledge in the middle east. Don't be one sided. It is time for this to end. There has to be a two-state agreement, if it doesn't happen, this will end badly. PEACE.
Harry Dill November 22, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Thank you Charles (if that is your real name). You have provided irrefutable prima facie evidence that precisely supports my case i.e., you are brain-washed and cannot discern fact from propaganda. If there is solace in numbers, recognize that you are certain to find camaraderie among your equally oblivious peers. Enjoy ... ignorance is bliss! And while you at it, don't forget to enjoy the bloodshed and hardship inflicted by your Zionist heroes on the victimized Palestinians. Again, "thanks-for-giving" incredulity to your argument. Gobble, gobble, gobble-ly gook!
Harry Dill November 22, 2012 at 05:55 AM
May the Palestinians prevail over their oppressors -- namely the U.S./Israel amalgam! Perhaps it's time to propose that the five-pointed stars on our flag be replaced by stars of david; and that our country be re-named the United States of Israel.
Charles L Walls November 22, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I do not disagree with your facts about the events of 1948 and 1967. But the creation of Israel was an act of international agreement. It resulted in a clear definition of borders and a fully functional and legitimized government. Whether you like that or not, Israel is now an accepted, sovereign country, and any attempt by anyone to confiscate its lands will be met with resistance. Just like when you are taken to court and lose the judgement and lose all legal appeals, the legal fight is over. You have lost, whether you think it fair or not. So you just have to live with it. Same for the Palestinians. They have already LOST the land occupied by Israel. Neither the UN nor any other group of nations outside the middle east is going to change that in any peaceful way. So if the Palestinians are going to get anything from Israel, it's going to have to be by war, like it or not. And because the Palestinians are the aggressors here, they will get only lip-service sympathy from any country that does not benefit from their gain. And any additional land they have lost or might lose to Israel in their warring would legitimately be Israel's as well. So the 1967 borders were lost due to Palestinian aggression. That was a risk they took by making war...and they lost. Lesson, unfortunately, not learned.
Charles L Walls November 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Harry, I don't see why you pro-Palestinians don't make your case using reason and logic rather than silly assertions that the US government is in the pocket of Israel. Israel is such a minor, insignificant influence on the workings of the US government that your statement is laughable. Israel's political influence on the general population of the US is even less effective. What Israel DOES have that resonates with US citizens is the fact that it exists as a legitimate democratic country, and that it is having to fight off multi-nationally backed terrorists who are trying to wipe them out. This fact alone gets the Israelis all the sympathy they need. They don't NEED to have any political inside connections to the US govt. And to make the Palestinian case even WORSE, they cannot even put together any sort of political representation that anyone respects. They align themselves with terrorists, which only hurts their case everywhere. The only thing they have that is greater than their hatred of Israel is their obstinate stupidity!
Charles L Walls November 22, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Harry, Name calling and emotional insults are the refuge of losers. Such raving comments on weaken your arguments. I now see that I must ignore a silly person rather than argue intelligently with a rational person.
So proud to be Muslim November 22, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I respect every one doesn't matter what religion or race just because we All human , every one free to have he's own opinion .but this case it's so complicated , here in us you hear the news and you think this is the only true but when you watch the different Chanel's you found that they just showed you what they want to know and cut the parts that they don't want to. May be some people think that this is not true but if they ask themselves from where they got that news with pics & videos . Go check the you tube and see some videos from Gaza then you'll know who's the aggressor and who's the defender
So proud to be Muslim November 22, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Charles You never felt how a mother feel when she let her kids play out side and after a few minutes they com so scary because the solders (Israelis ) kidnaped their brother or sister and after that no body know any thing about these children's you know why?? Because they let them grow as Jews solders and use them to kill the Palestinians . This is happens often from the 1946 until this day .
HD November 22, 2012 at 05:44 PM
First see truth. Logic and reason will follow. The Israelis must be awarded the grand prize for their "Poor Little Israel" strategic global PR and their cleverly orchestrated pitch to gullible fundamentalist Christians entrapped by the faux Judeo-Christian bond that it proffers. Dare not disagree or thou shalt be cast asunder as an avowed "anti-semite."
HD November 22, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Remain proud! I am not Muslim, but I applaud your pride and courage to proclaim your faith unapologetically.
HD November 22, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Are all Jews evil? Perhaps not. Are all Jews driven by avarice? Of course, they are. Try convincing Mr. Gold, Mr. Silver, and Ms. Diamond of that. They will answer -- "Why that wouldn't be kosher! We must always adhere to our ancient traditions. Show me the money, and we will show you our delight!"
HD November 22, 2012 at 06:06 PM
And why are Jews such generous philanthropists? The answer is simple. Media manipulation. To be recognized as good samaritans enables them to implement their profiteering unimpeded and undetected. Watch out Wal-Mart you are being infiltrated by Zionists and will soon be displaced by them just as Walt Disney Corporation. Eisner, Eiger & Co. have their sights aimed at you.
So proud to be Muslim November 23, 2012 at 08:43 AM
Thank you HD promise i will. Of course we can't say all Jews is evils or bad ,they just like any body else , we all human and no body perfect . Even I know many Jews people they so nice some of them believe in the Palestinian case and they feel shamefully about what Israel doing and some of them believers and supporters for Israel . Anyhow all what I care about as a Palestinian is my country freedom just to live like any other country in this world . Good night every one I hop that tomorrow com with peace shining on this big world ammmmen


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