Middle East conflict felt in South Florida

Nancy Ali-Shama, holds a megaphone as she joins other protesters in front of the federal courthouse in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008. The ANSWER Coalition, Muslim American Society Freedom, Free Palestine Alliance, National Council of Arab Americans, and Al-Awda, International Palestine Right to Return Coalition, and Islamic Information Center called for Tuesday to be a National Day of Action to show solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza and to demand an immediate end to the attacks carried out by the Israeli military against the people of Gaza. Pro-Israel supporters along with the group Shalom International held a counter-protest to the pro-Palestinian rally.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Mike Stocker/The AP
Published: Monday, January 5, 2009 at 6:36 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 5, 2009 at 6:36 a.m.

MIAMI The conflict in the Middle East made its way to South Florida over the weekend, as competing protests became heated and a dozen people were arrested for disorderly conduct.

More than 1,000 people lined both sides of Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami on Sunday, outside the Israeli consulate. The two groups yelled slogans at each other, waved flags, and a few demonstrators threw rocks and water bottles. Police officers broke up fights.

More than 500 Palestinians have been killed since the Israeli offensive in Gaza began more than a week ago. At least seven Israelis have been killed by militant rockets.

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