FortWayne.com
 
  Text size  Increase text sizeDecrease text size      
Last updated: Sun. Jul. 20, 2014 - 10:33 am EDT

Dozens gather in Indianapolis to protest Israeli military action

PHOTOS
 
Click on image to view.
DISCUSS
Comments
 

INDIANAPOLIS — About 100 people gathered at Monument Circle on Saturday to march on Republican Sen. Dan Coats' downtown Indianapolis office and to protest his support for Israel's latest military incursion in Gaza.

The protest came on a day of intensified airstrikes and shelling, as the number of Palestinians killed during Israel's ground offensive rose to at least 342.

Maya Alshawt, a Butler University student, said her cousins in Palestine don't know if they'll survive from one day to the next amid Israeli attacks.

"Day by day, there's no guarantee if they're going to wake up or if they're even going to have a roof over their heads," said Alshawt, 18, who was born in Alabama after her parents immigrated to the United States from the Middle East.

Tim King, a 62-year-old Indianapolis accountant who helped organize the march, wore a shirt bearing a Palestinian flag and carried a sign that read "You don't need to be Muslim to stand up for Gaza — You just need to be human." As the crowd drifted together, King said about 100 more people had promised to join the march.

The Associated Press left a phone message seeking comment at Coats' Indianapolis office.

Israeli bulldozers on Saturday demolished more than a dozen tunnels in the Gaza Strip that the military said could be used by Hamas to carry out attacks. Diplomats struggled to revive a cease-fire.


Comments
 
Saturday
Saturday
High 70 °F
Low 42 °F
62 °F
A Few Clouds
Sponsored by Masters Heating & Cooling, Inc.
LOCAL BUSINESS SEARCH
Local Search
STOCK SUMMARY
Dow 16805.41127.51
Nasdaq 4483.7130.92
S&P 500 1964.58+13.76
AEP 56.47+1.19
Comcast 54.26+1.04
GE 25.64+0.20
ITT Exelis 16.78+0.02
LNC 50.60+0.86
Navistar 34.80+0.10
Raytheon 98.12-0.76
SDI 22.31+0.16
Verizon 48.77+0.55
  Stock Sponsor