Mohamed Dahir holds the flag of Palestine and marches with other protesters from Fountain Square Park to the Warren County Justice Center on Sunday. “We’re here saying free Palestine because for the past seven years, the Israeli government has been killing, oppressing [and] land grabbing,” Dahir said. “The president of the United States is siding with an apartheid state that’s killing and genociding innocent people... And we will say free, free Palestine until Palestine is free and [it’s] not free until all of it’s free.” (Photo by Dominic Di Palermo)
GALLERY: Bowling Green residents unite for Palestine at downtown rally
An organized group of Free Palestine protesters marched from Bowling Green’s Fountain Square Park to the Warren County Justice Center to protest the conflict between Israel and Palestine on Sunday.
According to co-organizer Tamara Jaber, the peaceful protest drew a crowd of about 100 people who carried flags, signs and wore black and white Palestinian keffiyehs, a type of square scarf, in support of Palestine.
Jaber organized the protest with her siblings Wael and Lara Jaber. Their grandparents are originally from Palestine, but due to the 1948 Nakba, which, according to the United Nations’ website, was the mass displacement and dispossession of Palestinians during the Arab-Israeli war, they sought asylum in Jordan. Tamara and Wael Jaber immigrated to the United States in 2014.
“I organized the protest because I wanted to raise awareness about the genocide that is happening in the Middle East,” Tamara Jaber said. “When I first moved to the United States, I always had this burden that I needed to prove myself, which is why I advocated for the freedom of Palestinians and the right to return to our homeland.”