Dozens gather to protest Israeli military action

About 100 people gathered downtown Saturday to protest US Sen. Dan Coats' (R-Ind.) support for Israel's military campaign in Gaza. (photo by John Duong, WTHR)
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Hundreds of activists walked the streets of downtown Indianapolis Saturday protesting US support of Israel and its military campaign in Gaza.

Pro-Palestinian groups carried signs with messages like "honk for peace" and "long live Palestine." They marched to the office of U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) who backed the resolution upholding Israel's right to self-defense.

Organizers said the public isn't hearing both sides of the story.

"We're not hearing the other side of the story. There are 330 deaths; 330 Palestinians dead and less than five Israeli deaths. Less than five," said protestor Sireen Zayed. "We hear all these excuses and it's ridiculous and we're sick of it. And we want at least just to change the view of one person."

Eighteen-year-old Butler University student Maya Alshawt says she's worried about her cousins in Palestine. She says they don't know if they'll be alive from one day to the next.

Organizers said the protests will continue every weekend until the violence ends.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.