Hundreds of people rallied Tuesday outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., to condemn recent attacks on Palestinians in fighting that has killed more than 200 people.
The demonstrators shouted,”Free, Free, Palestine” and other chants criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the latest demonstration as nations throughout the world called for a cease-fire in the region.
According to the Gaza Health Ministry, at least 212 Palestinians, including 61 teenagers, have been killed by Israeli airstrikes, with another 16 killed in the West Bank. In Israel, rockets launched by the Palestinian militant group Hamas killed 12 people, including two teenagers.
Tuesday’s protest follows protests at the embassy and the National Mall over the weekend, when Gaza saw its bloodiest day in the recent outbreak of bloodshed, with 50 people killed on Sunday.
Similar rallies were held in major U.S. cities throughout the weekend including New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans and Sacramento, Calif.
Additionally, Palestinians in Israel and the occupied West Bank in Gaza participated in a general work strike on Tuesday as they demonstrated in central squares and waved Palestinian flags.
“It reflects how Palestinians now have a unified struggle against the same system of apartheid,” Mustafa Barghouti, an independent politician attending a rally in central Ramallah, told The New York Times.
On Tuesday, 26 of the 27 member states of the European Union called for a cease-fire in the conflict and denounced Hamas’ missile attacks on Israel, saying the group should protect itself “proportional manner.”
The United Nations declined to deliver a settlement on the dispute for the third time over the weekend, with China blaming the US for preventing foreign ministers from “to speak with one voice.”
US President Joe Biden said on Monday that he favours a cease-fire, while his administration faces mounting pressure to condemn Israel’s airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, after recently upholding the country’s right to self-defense.