Mid-East crisis hits home

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The ongoing crisis in the Middle East made its way to downtown Youngstown Monday afternoon.

A group of about 100 protesters were in front of the Federal Courthouse showing support for Palestine. According to international media reports, Israeli air strikes on Gaza have continued for about a week, with nearly 200 people killed.

Many Palestinian supporters in the crowd said there is misinformation that gets out to the public from that part of the world.

Even though the majority were at the protest in support of Palestine, there was one man who lived in Israel. Both sides agree the fighting needs to end.

“Palestinians are being killed. Nobody is doing anything about it. Our foreign policy in the United Stats is not effective. The United Nations is not doing anything either,” Maher Ramahi, who was born in Palestine, said.

“Both sides should be willing to live in peace and Israel wants to live in peace with its Arab neighbors,” Eugene Leach, who used to live in Israel, said.

It is estimated there are approximately 5,000 Palestinians living in the Valley.

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