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Palestinian demonstration held in front of Jewish Federation

Supporters from both sides were present. (Source: WOIO) Supporters from both sides were present. (Source: WOIO)
This is the seventh protest. (Source: WOIO) This is the seventh protest. (Source: WOIO)
Palestine supporters (Source: WOIO) Palestine supporters (Source: WOIO)
Israel supporters (Source: WOIO) Israel supporters (Source: WOIO)
BEACHWOOD, OH (WOIO) -

A crowd of about 300 Palestinian-Americans held their seventh demonstration Friday night in as many weeks, but the protest was held in front of the Jewish Federation in Beachwood for the first time.

Its representative, Renny Wolfson, had a diplomatic response:

"We believe everyone has the right to demonstrate as long as it is not a violent demonstration," said Wolfson.

With Palestinian supporters on one side of the street and Israeli supporters on the other, the demonstration seemed to mirror the fighting in Gaza, where the two sides cannot find a compromise.

"This is about occupation that's been going on for way too long and innocent people, civilians are being slaughtered," said a supporter of Palestine.

"I come to show my support to Israel state, and to all the soldiers. The Israeli Army is the most humane army in the world," said a supporter of Israel.

The fighting in Gaza has seemingly taken an unprecedented turn. It's possibly no longer a war of Muslims against Jews, but rather a stand against Hamas, which controls Gaza and has the backing of radical countries, such as Iran and Turkey. On the other side is Israel, supported by more moderate Muslim countries, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Complicating matters, the Gaza cease-fire, which was expected to last 72 hours, lasted a little more than two hours before the killing resumed.

President Barack Obama voiced disappointment over the breakdown, but vowed his administration will continue to work for peace in the Middle East.

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