February 21, 2024
A protester indicators a letter to Sen. Alex Padilla as a part of a coordinated protest. Photograph courtesy: Jewish Voice for Peace San Diego.

Greater than 200 advocates for a ceasefire within the Israel-Hamas warfare rallied in entrance of Sen. Alex Padilla’s workplace in downtown San Diego Monday.

Members of teams Jewish Voice for Peace San Diego and the San Diego Coalition for Palestine held indicators and chanted in assist of the ceasefire, organizers mentioned.

Protesters held indicators that learn, amongst different issues, “Ceasefire now: no extra money for Israel’s crimes” and “Senator Padilla: Cease Funding Genocide of Palestinians.”

Based on organizers, two Jewish and two Palestinian protesters tried to ship letters “from tons of of constituents” to Padilla’s workplace, however they had been denied entry and left the letters outdoors the workplace door.

Organizers mentioned they may proceed calling and displaying as much as Padilla’s workplace “till he requires a ceasefire and an finish to Israel’s warfare crimes towards the folks of Palestine.”

“We’ve all been calling day by day, each our senators and our members of Congress,” mentioned Oren Robinson of Jewish Voice for Peace.

“Many people acquired a kind of a boilerplate letter or e-mail that was appallingly inadequate that talked about Palestinians solely as soon as, and didn’t acknowledge any of the continued assaults and U.S. complicity.” 

Robinson mentioned that just one individual was allowed into the constructing to ship letters and playing cards addressed to Padilla.

Lily Ostrer, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace San Diego, mentioned her group’s Jewish values compel them “to talk out towards Israel’s atrocities towards Palestine and the indiscriminate killing of Palestinians.”

“We demand that the U.S. authorities cease funding the genocide of the Palestinian folks and name for a ceasefire instantly,” she mentioned. “We all know {that a} humanitarian pause is just not the answer. The one path towards peace and justice is a ceasefire and an finish to Israel’s occupation of Palestine.”

Based on 10News, some drivers honked their horns in assist of the protesters.

“The folks have spoken, the folks don’t need one other warfare,” Jazz Massoud, a Palestinian demonstrator, informed 10News.

It was unclear if any counter-protesters had been on the occasion. Nevertheless, 10News reported that Oz Laniado, govt director of a pro-Israel group referred to as StandWithUs, said in a response that “all of us need this warfare and struggling to finish.”

“On the identical time, Israel has an obligation to dismantle Hamas so terrorists can by no means commit such horrific atrocities once more,” based on Laniado’s assertion.

Based on the 10News report, an official with Padilla’s workplace mentioned the senator deliberate to “share his response to this demonstration” later Monday.

“We do hope the senator responds in any manner,” mentioned Robinson.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.