In Boston, hundreds rally for Palestine, against Israel and the US

Speaking at a protest against Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, Nidal Al-Azraq of Lexington struck a defiant yet hopeful tone.

“The occupation has failed to destroy us,” Al-Azraq, a 40-year-old Palestinian who grew up in a refugee camp, told the crowd gathered Tuesday inside the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in downtown Boston.

The rally, which was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the mass displacement of Palestinians following the founding of Israel, took on added meaning as violence broke out on the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces killed more than 60 Palestinians and injured more than 1,000 during clashes along the Gaza border that were fueled by a decade-long blockade and the relocation Monday of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.

Source: bostonglobe