Local leaders and community groups watch the unrest in Gaza closely right now

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) - Local leaders and community groups are closely watching the conflict because they have friends and loved ones there.

Robert Cohen will travel to Israel in April and he said that friends and colleagues there are under great distress.

"Imagine Detroiters knew rockets would be coming in an ongoing basis from Windsor, wouldn't all of us expect our government to take immediate action?" said Robert Cohen, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council.  "Israel wants to protect it's citizens, get them safe and prevent them from happening in the future," he said.

Those traveling to Israel are worried about the safety of loved ones like Doron Levin.  He leaves Monday and will stay for a week for his niece's wedding.

A community group organized a peaceful protest in Dearborn to bring awareness locally to the conflict.

"The U.S. Senate unanimously votes against the injustices that are going on and always supportive of one side, the Israel side," said Majed Moughni.  The attorney helped organize the protest and said he wants the world to know that there are two sides to the unrest in Gaza.

The conflict is an emotionally charged subject for both communities living here and having to watch loved ones suffer from afar.  

"The violence there has to stop because at the end of the day if things get out of hand and regional powers get involved we're going to be affected too," said Moughni.

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