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Triangle Israelis, Palestinians Demonstrate In Support Of Peace

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Israelis and the Palestinians have their supporters in the Triangle, and they want U.S. policymakers to know who they think is right and why.

In Raleigh Monday morning, supporters of Israel boarded two buses at the Jewish Community Center for a trip to Washington, D.C.

Jewish leaders called for supporters from across the country to demonstrate in the nation's capital Monday as a way to show solidarity with Israel and support for what Israel calls its war against terrorism.

"All of us this morning are going to show our support for Israel. There will be thousands and thousands of people from around the country in Washington D.C. today. We felt it was critically important that we show up there as well," said Judah Segal.

The demonstration begins at noon on Capitol Hill.

The unrest in the Middle East has spawned a number of demonstrations across the Triangle.

Arab Americans lined Hillsborough Street in Raleigh on Friday, venting their anger at the United States and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

A spokesman for the group said they denounce the deadly missions being carried out by Palestinian suicide bombers. The demonstrators say peace will not come until Israel ends its occupation.

"I find peace by them leaving what is not theirs," said a protester. "Palestine is not theirs. If they leave there is peace. They have to leave, walk out of Palestine, because it's our origins. It's not theirs."

Along Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, demonstrators proclaimed their opinions about the Middle East conflict with signs. The group Jews For A Just Peace joined other Arab groups in calling for an end to violence and the Israeli occupation.