By Gandharvika Gopal, WEBN Reporter
“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!” echoed through Copley Square Sunday afternoon as hundreds gathered in response to the ongoing war between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas.
Sunday’s rally, “Boston: All Out for Gaza,” called for “an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and an end to genocide of Palestinians,” according to Massachusetts Peace Action, a participating organization for the event. Other demands from speakers and attendees included an end to U.S. military aid to Israel and liberation for Palestinian people.
“This has been the fight of my life since the ‘70s—justice for Palestine,” said rally participant Sue Katz. “We’re in the middle of a genocidal attack on the Gazans, and it’s unbearable to watch. And not in my name, not as a Jew, and not as an American… We have to work to stop funding Israel and its murderous approach to the Palestinans.”
Around 1,300 Israelis and 3,000 Palestinians have lost their lives to the war since the initial Hamas attacks on Oct. 7th, according to a recent UNICEF report. The statement continued saying, “The humanitarian situation in the State of Palestine continues to be dramatic and has deteriorated significantly with a massive increase in internal displacement across the Gaza Strip.”
Many rally participants were concerned with Israeli-occupied land and the history of the decades-long dispute between Israel and Palestine. “History is everything,” said one attendee, Ibrahim. “[Americans] should know the truth of the beginning of Israel, how it was born, what land it was born on… They didn’t get the land through peace, they got it through violence, and through the beginning of their genocide, which is where we stand today.”
“Boston: All Out for Gaza” was one of multiple events this week in solidarity with Palestinian people. The recently established Boston Coalition for Palestine, a group of over two dozen organizations, planned the rally. Other Boston groups in support of Israel gathered earlier this month following the initial Hamas attacks. Local responses from both sides of the conflict will continue as the war progresses.