December 6, 2023


Many with Massachusetts ties are feeling the impacts of the struggle.

A professional-Palestine rally crosses the Mass. Ave. Bridge on Sunday, Nov. 12. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Workers

The Israeli navy has swept into Gaza as of Monday, Nov. 12, severing the enclave in two and consolidating forces in Gaza Metropolis. Gunfights are reportedly raging within the streets exterior Al-Shifa hospital, the place circumstances for sufferers and others sheltering are dire. Israel officers have mentioned that the hospital covers a serious Hamas headquarters, and that the group purposefully constructed its facilities of command close to civilian hubs similar to hospitals. The hospital’s director mentioned these allegations are unfaithful. 

Greater than a month after Hamas launched a terrorist assault on Israel, hundreds of lives have been misplaced. The preliminary assault killed greater than 1,400 folks, whereas greater than 200 had been taken hostage by Hamas and are at present being held in Gaza. Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv Saturday, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his authorities to do extra to safe the hostages. Greater than 10,000 folks have already reportedly been killed in Gaza amid Israel’s retaliatory bombing marketing campaign and floor invasion.  

Israel is dealing with mounting stress from folks all over the world to provoke a ceasefire. Netanyahu mentioned Saturday that the navy operations would proceed in “full pressure,” and {that a} ceasefire would solely be potential if all of the hostages are launched. 

The struggle has despatched reverberations across the globe, affecting many in Massachusetts. Observe right here for reside updates.

The gang walked on all lanes and the sidewalk of the Mass. Ave. Bridge throughout Sunday’s pro-Palestine rally. – Pat Greenhouse/Globe Workers

A big crowd of pro-Palestine demonstrators marched from the Boston Public Library to the Massachusetts Institute of Expertise Sunday afternoon. They gathered to name for a ceasefire in Gaza and for the U.S. authorities to cease funding Israel’s navy. Between 3,000 and 4,000 folks joined the march, waving Palestinian flags and indicators as they moved from the Again Bay throughout the Harvard Bridge to Cambridge, The Boston Globe reported. 

“I’m seeing folks of all completely different ethnic backgrounds, all completely different races, all completely different colours,” Layan Alnajjar of College students for Justice in Palestine on the College of Connecticut advised the Globe. “We’re all united collectively underneath one widespread trigger, and that’s the liberation of Palestine by any means obligatory.”

Native universities and scholar demonstrations have grow to be a flashpoint within the Boston space. MIT, the place the march ended, mentioned final week that college students who refused an order to vacate a foyer amid a confrontation between pro-Palestine and pro-Israel protesters can be suspended from “non-academic” actions. A number of folks had been arrested at Brandeis College Friday. Protests there have been spurred by the varsity’s choice to ban a pro-Palestine scholar group after it made a sequence of on-line posts that president Ronald Liebowitz seen as being in assist of the Oct. 7 assaults. 

“Get up in opposition to Israel within the streets, within the colleges,” demonstrator Saleem Hallal mentioned at Sunday’s rally, in response to the Globe. “At Brandeis, MIT, college students are getting arrested and suspended. Make no mistake, they will’t droop the motion; they will’t droop a free Palestine.”

About to cross Memorial Drive, the rally crowd pauses on the finish of the Mass. Ave. Bridge. Nimer M. Ead, heart, mentioned he was born in Palestine. – Pat Greenhouse/Globe Workers

Earlier reside updates could be discovered right here.