Photographer and community contributor Marc Hors sent us pictures from last Saturday’s protest in downtown San Francisco, where people congregated to denounce Israel’s air strikes against Palestine. More than 800 people marched from the Justin Herman Plaza to the United Nations Plaza in the Civic Center of San Francisco. Protestors were seen holding a 60-foot Palestinian flag inside the Westfield mall.
San Franciscans joined people in London, Paris, Barcelona and other cities around the world in denouncing Israeli air-strikes on Gaza last Tuesday that have killed at least 180 people, including women and children.
The escalation appeared to increase the likelihood of a ground invasion and prompted the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, to call urgently for a return to calm and a cease-fire.
“Today, we face the risk of an all-out escalation in Israel and Gaza, with the threat of a ground offensive still palpable — and preventable only if Hamas stops rocket firing,” he told an emergency meeting of the Security Council. There were no signs that a cease-fire was imminent, and no signs that diplomats representing the antagonists were heeding Mr. Ban’s call for calm. READ MORE.
Also present at last Saturday’s protest was a small group of people showing their support of Israel and its right to defend itself from Hamas attacks.