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Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Comes To Capitol

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(WLNS) - The conflict in the Middle East is stirring up strong emotion right here in mid-Michigan.

Dozens of Palestinian supporters made their voices heard today at the Capitol.  Meanshile, those standing with Israel say it's unfair for the country to take all the blame for the fighting

As an explosion leaves behind a plume of smoke above Gaza City, protesters here in Lansing express their frustration with the current state of affairs in the Middle East.

Demonstrator Haneen Hammad explains, "We're rallying against Israel's war crimes on humanity and to ensure justice and freedom for the Palestinian people."  People the demonstrators say are being unfairly attacked by Israeli forces. "Stop bombing Palestinian in the West Bank and innocent civilians. Stop killing children as well. And the US Government needs to stop funding Israel's military."

Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Israel in search of a truce between the warring groups. And while no real deal is on the table, Kerry say leaders are making progress. "We have been talking about how to achieve an end to the current violence, and an effort on how to try to not only have a cease-fire, but build a process that can create a sustainable way forward for everybody."

A move local Israeli supporters stand behind. Allan Gale, associate director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, says, "We support the US Government policy, which number one, is defending Israel's right to self defense...I just think that people have to understand since two weeks ago, Hamas has indiscriminately fired probably 2,000 rockets at civilian settlements throughout Israel, putting nearly 6 million Israelis under the threat of rocket fire. Israel had to respond and is doing so."

United Nations officials have criticized both sides for their attacks.

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