Despite the frigid temperature, over 4,000 gathered from across Illinois and neighboring states on Friday, January 2nd to protest the brutal killings of innocent civilians in Gaza by Israel. Protesters called for a stop to Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, the restoration of the cease-fire and the initiation of peace negotiations in the Middle East during the coming year.
The protest started in front of the Tribune Plaza and ended in front of the Israeli Consulate. It was sponsored by over 30 organizations including the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), mosques, faith groups, student groups, Latino groups, anti-war groups, and CAIR-Chicago. Similar demonstrations calling for peace and an end to the killings were held across the nation and internationally.
CAIR-Chicago staff attorney attended the rally as a legal observer to ensure that the protestors’ rights to assembly and freedom of speech were not violated.
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