Israel, Gaza supporters rally in streets of downtown Atlanta - CBS46 News

Israel, Gaza supporters rally in streets of downtown Atlanta

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Several hundred supporters of Israel and Gaza crammed onto the streets around Centennial Olympic Park on Friday afternoon, as the conflict between those two nations rages on. The rallies were peaceful, as participants waved Israeli and American flags.  Several Atlanta police officers were on hand to be sure events did not turn violent.

"I think they (Israel) need as much support as possible," said Alisa Freeman, who lived in Israel for a year and a half before returning to the states.

"We're very highly defensive towards what's going on with Israel right now," said Ronen Newmerk, one of the organizers of the rally. "I want to see a peace, but I want to see a peace when the other side is able to own up the origin of how this conflict started."

As of Friday, the conflict between Gaza and Israel had claimed more than 800 lives.

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