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Monday, January 12, 2009

9 arrested in New York rally on Gaza

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 05:17:49 GMT |

Protesters in New York
At least nine people have been arrested in the United States in a demonstration against the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Seven police officers have also been injured in the Sunday afternoon rally in New York City, the police department said in a statement.

Since Israel launched an all-out war against people in Gaza on December 27, at least 900 Palestinians have been killed and some 4,000 others are reported wounded.

Witnesses said that the rally on Manhattan's West Side began peacefully, but confrontations between police and protesters broke out finally.

"The police pushed us out onto the avenue, and as we were walking down the avenue ... they charged with horses on the sidewalks and they charged with their own bodies and pushed in, and a riot started," Steve Sherman, coordinator of security for United for Peace and Justice and a demonstrator at the rally told CNN.

Backed by Washington, Tel Aviv continues it all out war on Gaza, paying no attention to the UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate end to the conflict.

All UN Security Council members except the US voted for the resolution on Friday.

The US had vetoed three other resolutions condemning the Israeli acts since the beginning of Tel Aviv's onslaught on Gaza.

The United States has so far vetoed over 40 anti-Israeli resolutions sought by the council since 1972.

Meanwhile in Europe, more than 250,000 Spanish people held the largest pro-Palestinian rally to show their anger over the Israeli bloodshed.

Italy, Greece, and Belgium were among other European countries that joined people around the world to denounce the attacks. 

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