Local communities react to Gaza violence

(WXYZ) - The escalating violence in the Gaza Strip is being felt by many people in metro Detroit.

Pro-palestinians rallied at Dearborn City Hall on Friday in a show of solidarity and to denounce
the violence in Gaza.

Fatina Abdrabboh is the Director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

"Any folks interested in civil rights and humanitarian rights are very troubled by the bombardment
of Gaza," she says.

There is just as much passion and pain being felt by metro Detroiters with Israeli roots.

Dr. Richard Krugel works in Dearborn and returned from a trip to Israel earlier this month.
He says he worries about the safety of the people.

"I do believe in a two state solution, but I think we need people on both sides to support a two state solution,"
he says. "It's very difficult for the Israeli people to make peace with a terrorist organization like Hamas.
I feel very bad for the Palestinian people. I feel like they're being used as pawns."

Both communities are deeply divided on the conflict, but agree that they want peace ... especially for the children.

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