Hundreds march in SF to protest Israeli military action in Gaza 

Hundreds of protesters in San Francisco marched together from the Ferry Building to City Hall Sunday afternoon, joining demonstrators in other cities around the world calling for an end to recent Israeli military action in Gaza.

Local Arab community groups and anti-war activists alike gathered at the Ferry Building in San Francisco around 3 p.m. and held a symbolic funeral procession that flowed down Market Street to City Hall.

Dozens of police officers accompanied the group and blocked off roadways.

The march concluded with a rally on the steps of City Hall with hundreds of families and youth activists blocking traffic on Polk Street.

The speakers at the rally read off the names of those who had died as a result of recent military actions by Israel in the Gaza area of Palestine.

Organizers of the demonstration, including Arab Resource and Organizational Center, Arab Youth organization, and the ANSWER Coalition, spoke in Arabic and English, chanting, "Free, free, Palestine" and "Allahu Akbar," which translates to God is Great.

Reem Salem, an 18-year-old San Francisco resident and Palestinian-American was an active participant in the demonstration and spoke to the crowd with words of resistance.

"We will stop the racism and apartheid state of Israel, we will not stop. And we will continue to come out and have our voices heard," Salem said.

The Jewish Community Relations Council, which represents synagogues and Jewish organizations in the Bay Area, recently released a remark stating that it supports "Israel's right as a sovereign country to defend itself from relentless rocket fire, as well as its efforts to prevent further escalation and minimize casualties on both sides."

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