Showing Support for Gazans in Mid-Missouri

Last Tuesday, November 2012, I went to a rally held outside  the Boone County Courthouse-Columbia, MO-  to show support for the Palestinians in Gaza. Due to school break (Thanksgiving break is one week), late notification about the rally and being held at 12 noon in the middle of the week very shy number of participants showed up. I was very disappointed by the number of Muslims especially Arabs who participated in this rally. The number of non-Muslim Americans were more than the Muslims. Is it apathy? Losing hope? The fear of showing support to Palestinians in America? Or do Muslims think this is a pure Palestinian issue?

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COLUMBIA – Mid-Missouri residents gathered in Boone County Courthouse Square Tuesday to protest President Obama’s support of Israel.

Jeff Stack, an organizer of the protest, does not believe Israeli actions against the people of Gaza are just. “The numbers are not right. More people of Gaza are killed than Israelis,” said Stack.

Rabbi Yossi Feintuch has lived in Israel and makes regular trips back and forth. He has been watching the conflict closely. “Just this morning, Israel has deflected 9 bombs though the iron dome system, to my previous home Be’er Sheva. Israel does not want to hurt civilians, that is what makes us different than the Palestinians,” said Feintuch.

Stack does stress that he mourns the death of all people, on both sides, and hopes there will be a resolution soon [via KOMU].

2 thoughts on “Showing Support for Gazans in Mid-Missouri

  1. Maybe Muslims have too many countries to think of these days so the cause of Palestine has lost some of the spotlight. Arab Muslims are doing atrocities to other Arab Muslims (or have done in recent months) so maybe they feel it’s a bit hypocritical to complain about Israel when their own people are doing such crimes. What do you think?

  2. The other day I wrote a comment about this issue on a friend’s blog. I said that Palestine used to be a Muslim related problem then it became only the Arab problem then it became the Palestinians problem and now it seems Palestinians are considering this as Gazan problem. So, “Palestine has lost some of the spotlight” as you mentioned is very TRUE!
    Yes, Muslims have too many problems to care about. But unless they treat each other equally without looking to nationality they will never prosper. If one Muslim is in pain then then all Muslims should feel the pain so they can help their fellow Muslim. And definitely this is not the case any more.

    “Arab Muslims are doing atrocities to other Arab Muslims (or have done in recent months) so maybe they feel it’s a bit hypocritical to complain about Israel when their own people are doing such crimes.”
    Makes a lot of sense. But I think the main reason, at least currently, still that each one is caring about his own country’s problems.

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