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Surge in support for Palestinian rights on heels war with Israel

Sunday’s protest in Omaha joined a chorus of support across the world.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2021 at 10:21 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The sounds of support could be heard Sunday afternoon alongside Dodge Street as dozens gathered in support of Palestinian rights.

“It’s the first time in history, we’ve seen Palestinians have this kind of support,” said Nadim Nowwara. He and his brother, Qusai, are encouraged by the swell of support for their homeland.

“I’m just so happy that we started a big movement this year, and I feel like it’s going to get bigger and bigger, and more support come our way,” Qusai said.

The protest in Omaha joins a chorus of support across the world on the heels of an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas that saw more than 230 Palestinians killed and 11 people in Israel.

“The memory of those people who were killed and massacred need to honored and something needs to happen we can’t just stop because the bombs have stopped, said Naser Zeki Al-Sharif, who’s been fighting for Palestinian rights since leaving the state more than 30 years ago.

“Never have we seen so many people honking or so many people just showing up in general to show their support and you finally feel like you’re being acknowledged,” said his son, Zeki Alsharif.

Sunday’s protest was organized by Nebraskan’s for Peace Palestinian Task Force. “War brings attention, unfortunately, that’s true,” said Sandi Hanna, head of the task force.

“It’s very good for all the world to see what happened there,” said Kholoud Hamah. “Many people don’t know what happened there, like how many people killed and how many lost their houses.”

President Joe Biden called last month’s ceasefire an opportunity to make progress and said he is committed to working toward peace. Something the Nowwara brothers are hoping for.

“To see Palestine be free and one day we can return to our homes and live in Palestine,” said Nadim. “That’s all what we want, really.”

On Sunday President Biden made a call to Israel’s new prime minister Naftu Bennett who was sworn in earlier in the day. Officially ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year run as prime minister.

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