LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – About 25 people gathered this evening at Riehle Plaza in Lafayette Thursday night in a demonstration to to raise awareness for the recent attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
They call it Justice in Palestine. It comes after a cross-border war between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza that has escalated this week. At least 80 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died. Israelis say their aerial assault on Gaza have hit about 500 targets, focusing on underground tunnel networks and sites where rockets have been launched at them.
Purdue students and faculty members, as well as other community members, say enough is enough. They were at Riehle Plaza Thursday night to raise awareness. They say American taxpayers are aiding the violence.
“Israel is one of the largest recipients of U.S. aid. They receive about $3 billion a year from the United States. A large portion of that is military aid that they receive specifically for purchasing arms. So, a good chunk of what’s going on right now is paid for by U.S. tax dollars,” said Lamise Shawahin.
The Israeli military said Thursday nearly 150 missiles have been fired at Israel. They have damaged some buildings, but as of Thursday, no Israelis have been killed.
President Barack Obama has called the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to offer U.S. help to arrange a cease-fire.