PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Hundreds of people marched from the Rhode Island State House through Providence on Saturday afternoon in support of Palestine, as the war between Israel and Hamas continues.
The “All Out for Palestine” rally was organized by the Party for Socialism and Liberation of Rhode Island. Protestors called on the United States government to stop aid to Israel, criticized the “relentless bombings on Palestinians,” and demanded an “end to the genocide in Palestine.”
The march kicked off on the steps of the State House at 1 p.m., later cutting through Francis Street and Memorial Boulevard. The group then gathered outside the Textron World Headquarters downtown.
According to their website, Textron produces aviation, defense and industrial equipment.
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While there was increased police presence at the rally, Providence officials said afterward it was a peaceful demonstration and no incidents were reported.
Adam Greenman, president of Jewish Alliance RI, told 12 News Israel’s attacks on Palestine are a necessary defense that brought about unintended casualties.
“While we also as a community mourn the loss of innocent Palestinian lives, we know that the only path to peace for anybody is to root out Hamas,” Greenman said. “Israel not only has a right but a duty, as a sovereign nation to protect its citizens, to root out the terrorist organization Hamas that committed these atrocities.”
Raed Kaddoura, a protestor at Saturday’s pro-Palestinian rally, said they don’t condemn the actions of Hamas.
“They are defending their land, their people,” Kaddoura said.