Local Jewish community sponsors pro-Israel peaceful demonstration

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — With the latest failed cease-fire quickly becoming a distant memory, the two sides in the Israel-Gaza conflict traded rockets and airstrikes Saturday — as well as blame for not stopping the bloodshed.

Israeli airstrikes killed at least five more people in Gaza on Saturday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The area around central Gaza’s Qassam mosque, in particular, was a frenzy of activity as medical workers sifted through rubble there. WAFA claimed that Israeli fighter jets struck that mosque and another, killing at least three people.

Here in the Rocket City, activists held a peaceful demonstration. Pro-Israel signs and flags were abundant this morning on the corner of Whitesburg Drive and Airport Road. The group said they just wanted to show the North Alabama community that there are supporters of Israel in our area.

“We wanted to show the people of Huntsville that there are a large number of people in Huntsville who do support the work of Israel so that’s what our goal was,” said Max Rosenthal. “We’re not anti anybody, we’re just pro-Israel and we want to show the world that Israel has a right to live, a right to exist, and it should exist in peace.”

The group plans to demonstrate next Saturday, August 16th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the same intersection.

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