In the United States, several hundred demonstrators gathered in bright sunshine in downtown Chicago for a rally to protest Israeli military actions in Lebanon and Gaza.
Protesters carried banners proclaiming “The Right to Fight Or The Might to Smite”, or “Not with our money, not in our name.” . . .
The main Chicago rally was organized by the American Council on American-Islamic Relations.
CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said this was the only rally planned in the United States for Saturday, but comes a day after an interfaith prayer service in Detroit.
Later on Saturday CAIR planned a children’s candlelit vigil in Tempe, Arizona for Lebanese civilians killed since Israeli military operations began, Hooper said.