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Friday afternoon hundreds of supporters of Palestine rallied at the Israeli consulate on John F Kennedy Boulevard in Center City Philadelphia, to protest the latest military action by Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza. At least 120 Palestinians, many children and by many reports mostly civilian, have been killed in aerial bombardment since Israel began its lynching writ-large of the Palestinian people over the kidnapping and death of three teens which the Israeli government says was perpetrated by Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has shrugged-off international criticism of the assault, including warnings from the United Nations’ High Commissioner on Human Rights, promising that air strikes will continue.
The Declaration unequivocally condemns the actions of the Israeli government, and the complicity of the US government and especially UN Ambassador Samantha Powers, who has blocked even declarative UN Security Council resolutions against the slaughter of Palestine.
In solidarity with refugees and occupied people everywhere, the Declaration humbly presents this gallery of photos from yesterday’s Free Palestine rally.
All Photos by Joshua Albert