Pro-Palestinian demonstrators march in SF

January 10, 2009 5:58:10 PM PST
Anger over the crisis in Gaza is not letting up.

Several hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through downtown San Francisco Saturday demanding a halt to Israel's offensive.

Police were present with their riot gear, but they did not need to use it as the protest was a peaceful one.

Police refused to give a crowd estimate but hundreds of people were present. Perhaps more than a thousand showed up to protest Israel's bombing of Gaza.

The activists marched down Market Street, and then held a rally in Civic Center Plaza.

The ANSWER Coalition organization organized the event and made it very clear to participants that they were to stay on the route and not splinter off. They wanted to make sure they did not come into contact with any pro-Israeli demonstrators.

Watching the events play out on television prompted at least two pro-Israeli women to show up and speak out.

"Sitting on my couch and watching the news, and seeing how Israel is being portrayed as the Goliath makes my head explode. I feel like as Americans we have to get the story right. The enemy isn't Israel. The enemy is Hamas," said Julie, who supports Israel.

"It's no longer about targeting Hamas and just surgical hits. This is an all-out war against all Palestinians living in Gaza. Over 1.5 million," said a Palestinian supporter.

The group had a good turnout Saturday, filling up Market Street. The group had a lot of stamina, starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending their rally at Civic Center Plaza just after 5:00 p.m.

For them, it was a long and emotional day, but a peaceful one.

No arrests were made.