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Protestors against Israeli air strikes descend on Dealey Plaza

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Thousands of Palestinian residents of the Northern Gaza Strip fled their homes on Sunday seeking safety in United Nations shelters, heeding warnings from Israel about impending plans to bomb the area in their increasing battle with Hamas militants. 

The so-called Iron Dome Defense System in Tel Aviv intercepted another rocket coming from the Gaza Strip.  Israeli forces warned residents to evacuate ahead of a campaign against the rocket launches. 

Now, some North Texans are demanding that the U.S. and other world powers step in. 

One-hundred-sixty Palestinians have been killed in the last six days Israel has launched more than 1,300 air strikes at rocket launch sites.  Palestinian militants have launched more than 800 rockets at Israel and so far have not killed anyone.

That’s why protestors took to the streets of Dallas Sunday calling for the United Nations to do something. 

Grief-stricken mourners cried chanting “God is great” in the streets of Gaza City Sunday as hundreds of Palestinians attended the funeral for 17 family members killed in an Israeli air strike this weekend. 

It’s a scene that is stirring emotions in America.  Almost 200 people, nearly all of them either Palestinian or Palestinian supporters descended on Dealey Plaza in Downtown Dallas Sunday.  They carried signs calling Israeli’s war criminals and the air strikes genocide.

"One of my good friends is there recently after getting married and her honeymoon is experiencing constant navy shelling and bombs exploding."  Aceil Rashid is half American, half Palestinian, and all she prays for is peace.  "We really just wish that people understand that we want peace and to end the suffering." 

This most recent spate of violence started when three Israeli teens were kidnapped and killed in mid-June.  Israeli blamed Hamas.  Hamas never claimed responsibility.  Then, Jewish extremists kidnapped and killed a Palestinian teen; his body was found in early July.  Hamas started launching hundreds of rockets at Israel, and Israel retaliated. 

"Because they didn't produce any evidence and refused to they have decided to kill and bomb all these Palestinians whose homes have been destroyed, who've been murdered," says protest organizer Diane Wood. 

"The Israeli Prime Minister used that as an opportunity to go after the Hamas infrastructure and the operations in the West Bank."  UTA Middle Eastern expert and UTA political scientist Doctor Brent Sasley says the kidnappings were merely the spark.  "We expected this, we knew there was going to be another round of violence and will be another on after this because the Israeli goal is just to maintain what they call quiet." 

Staying quiet is not something the protesting North Texans are willing to do. 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by phone with the Israeli Prime Minister on Sunday, condemning the rocket attacks on Israel and expressing concern about the escalating tensions on the ground. 

Doctor Sasley believes there’s a good chance we’ll see an Israeli ground operation in Northern Gaza before this is all over.  On Saturday, the U.N. Security Council called for a cease-fire and neither Israelis nor Hamas seemed interested at this point. 

Doctor Sasley says in a few weeks things will likely calm down until the next flash point.  But, he says until Hamas, Israel and Fatah have some sort of framework for discussion, either directly or indirectly, the conflicts will keep falling back on a military solution.  

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