« Protesters on both sides of the Israel-Gaza conflict gathered in front of the Israeli embassy in Manhattan on Monday, voicing their concerns about the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
Footage shows activists from both sides facing off through banners and megaphones, expressing their support for their respective causes. The New York Police Department stepped up security measures to ensure a peaceful protest.
“Gaza is always under attack. Gaza is always facing violence. Gaza is always facing death, and we never hear about Gaza on the news until they raise their voice, and that’s what we are seeing now. We are seeing the media turn on the Palestinian people once again, betray and abandon us,” explained Nadia, a pro-Palestine protester.
“We are gonna free our country. This is Israel’s fault, all the Palestinians you killed, all the men and women. You will pay the price,” said Nash, another pro-Palestine protester.
The tension in the region escalated following a surprise attack launched by Hamas on Israel on Saturday, October 7. Hamas fired thousands of rockets and militants breached Israeli territory as part of their declared ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood.’ In response, Israel carried out airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and officially declared war on Hamas, urging residents in Gaza to evacuate their homes.
Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant ordered a full lockdown on Gaza, leading to the cutoff of electricity, fuel, water, and food to the area.
Hamas cited reasons for their operation, including the long-standing Israeli blockade, raids on West Bank cities, and other attacks. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the other hand, vowed ‘mighty vengeance’ in response to the group’s actions.
Tensions remain high, and the international community is closely monitoring the situation, hoping for a peaceful resolution to this long-standing conflict. »