AUSTIN (KXAN) — Several thousand people gathered at the State Capitol Saturday to protest Israeli strikes on Gaza.
The latest conflict started nearly a month ago.
The death toll stands at More than 60 Israelis and more than 1,600 Palestinians killed, according to Associated Press reports.
The group rallied on the south steps of the Capitol and marched down Congress Ave. to Austin City Hall.
Austin resident Naila Shamsi says she believes every nation has a right to defend itself, but not kill innocent people.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re Palestinian or Jewish,” Shamsi said. “It matters that you’re killing innocent women and children, and we’re not doing anything about it.”
Sarah Alfadda, a member of the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights, said past efforts on the issue in Austin drew several groups to coordinate a rally at the Capitol. Alfadda said, for her, the ultimate goal of the rally is to raise awareness and put pressure on U.S. companies and the Government to stop funding Israel.
“I think it’s critical for all of us to join together and really say we have a voice for the people of Gaza — that they are not alone,” Alfadda said. “Also, that we have a responsibility to show that our government is complicit in this, and we won’t stand for it.”