Pro-Palestinian demonstrators gather to protest against the Israeli army’s bombings in the Gaza strip, in Paris, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Police have clashed with thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters who defied a ban in Paris on marching to protest the Israeli offensive in Gaza. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
As Israel’s horrific assault on Gaza entered its 13th day on Saturday, July 19, 2014, the global community went to the streets to protest. Thousands marched in Paris, London, Santiago, Chile, (many throughout Latin America stood up to support Gaza), and Melbourne, Australia,
The protests in New Zealand targeted the U.S. Embassy. Thousands protested outside the Israeli Embassy in Johannesburg. People went into the streets in Berlin, Istanbul and Jakarta to denounce Israel’s actions in Gaza.
And what did President Obama say that day after a phone conversation with Netanyahu?
“Israel has a right to defend itself.”
People take part in a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on July 19, 2014, to protest against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza and show their support to the Palestinian people. In Paris, despite a rare police ban and warnings from President Francois Hollande, hundreds began massing for their march but clashed with police who blocked their route. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK PENNANT