Almost a month has passed since October 7, when at least 1400 Israelis were killed in a full-scale attack on Israel by the terrorist organization Hamas, which set off an all-out conflict between Israel and Hamas. To bring attention to the ongoing battle, North Texans came together on Sunday for two different activities in Dallas.
Cease Fire Palestinian People
On Sunday, hundreds of people from various walks of life gathered at Turtle Creek Park to demand greater humanitarian help and a ceasefire for the Palestinian people in Gaza.
According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, Israeli airstrikes have killed at least 9,400 Palestinians in Gaza since the offensive on October 7, including over 3600 children.
“We are saying that we need to save children and innocent people, and I think that we need to be heard. I think that our leaders need to take a stand, act, and listen to their people. “We need to call it out because this is genocide right in front of our eyes,” said Crystal, who did not want to use her last name.
Yismeen Azzam Is An American-Palestinian
On Sunday, residents gathered around a dining table in front of Dallas City Hall, which is located less than five miles away. The 241 individuals seated at the table stood in for the Israeli hostages taken by Hamas on October 7. For the kids that were taken, there were even high chairs available.
Diana Krompass, a Dallas resident, claims that on October 7, Hamas abducted two of her relatives who were in Israel.
These incidents, according to many North Texans, offer them hope. Yasmine El-Ali made this statement while participating in a demonstration at Turtle Creek Park: “It feels good to come out and see how many people are there; it just feels purposeful.”
“We hope that everyone returns home and that the military do as well. We don’t want to fight, we don’t like wars. We desire peace,” Krompass declared.
On Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott visited Israel and expressed his support for the nation in the midst of the continuing conflict. The US has requested a brief cessation of hostilities, but Israel has rejected both demands.