By Susan Schwartz, MMNS
The atrocity that is the Israeli invasion and destruction of Gaza has outraged the civilized communities around the globe. In most nations demonstrations have taken place as people of conscience react to Israelâ€™s atrocities, their protests indicating their belief that the worldâ€™s moral compass has gone seriously astray.
The Los Angeles area has been home to numerous demonstrations with others scheduled for the future. Two fund raising events for Gaza have been announced.
In Anaheim, home to a large Arab population, thousands gathered in the business area to protest the cruelty of the Israeli invasion. In response to a National Day of Action in support of the people of Gaza, demonstrators held aloft signs and chanted calling for the end to the invasion and freedom for Palestine.
Protestors in the thousands also gathered in front of the Israeli Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, a main thoroughfare. Other demonstrations took place in front of the Westwood Federal building further west on Wilshire Boulevard.
Many in the crowd were Middle Eastern, but many who were not took part with equal enthusiasm. As one elderly man said when asked why he was there: â€œNow we are all Palestiniansâ€.
Two fund raisers are planned. The first will take place at the at Al Ansar Hall, 1717 S. Brookhurst Street in Anaheim on January 10 at 6:00pm.
Baitulmaal is the sponsor. The following day Islamic Relief will sponsor a fundraiser at the Marriott Hotel on Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim to begin at 5:30pm.
Sponsors of the demonstrations are many and include: The ANSWER Coalition; AL AWDA; Free Palestine Alliance; Jews for Peace; Muslim American Society and International Action Center.