Philadelphians march in support of Palestine

Andrew Kramer
May 14, 2018 - 7:36 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Demonstrators took to the streets of Philadelphia to show solidarity with the Palestinian March of Return protests that have been ongoing in Gaza. 

Hundreds echoed chants like "Free, free Palestine," as they did laps around City Hall.

"We want the people in Palestine to know they're not alone," said Walter Smolarek, one of many organizers of this march in support of a free Palestine. "We're out here to protest the moving of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem."

He said that part of this protest was planned for weeks, but the timeliness of their frustrations culminated with protests in Gaza following the opening of the embassy. 

"Of course we're also completely outraged at the massacre of over 50 Palestinian unarmed protesters," he said.

May Ye, who is a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace organization, also helped put this rally together.

"The violence that's occurring in Palestine and Gaza cannot continue," she said.

A handful of counter-protesters like Kevin Ross showed up to the Philadelphia rally.

"We're here to stand up and say the Jewish people are the indigenous people of the land of Israel. They have the right to put their capital anywhere they chose," said Ross. "The Jewish people have been here for thousands of years, so instead of fighting, why don't we figure out a way to live together in peace?"