UPDATE: There's a very detailed write up with photos at RealHartford.
The Hartford Courant covered the protest against the violence in Gaza, with a video clip via Fox 61 and a write up.
There were people from both sides represented, and the emotional protest, while loud at times, remained peaceful. From the Courant article:
At the rally in Hartford Friday, Sameh Dardona, from Gaza, said he last visited his homeland two years ago. Dardona, an engineer at United Technologies, was getting married in Gaza, but because the border was closed, he was forced to sleep for eight days in an Egyptian shelter.Some members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation have spoken about the crisis.
He stayed in Gaza for two months, witnessing the deaths of his countrymen and the shelling of mosques. He said his family's house was also fired on even though his relatives were innocent bystanders. He called the deaths of Palestinians irresponsible. "It's just massacring civilian people," he said.
Liz Aaronsohn, a professor at Central Connecticut State University had another way to describe it: "This is another Warsaw ghetto, except it's Jews this time causing the genocide," she said. Aaronsohn, who said her father was a rabbi, added, "Judaism teaches you that you don't cause suffering like that," she said.
Mongi Dhaouadi, executive director of the Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called on the U.S. government to end the bombardment of the Gaza strip, restore the flow of humanitarian aid to the region, broker a cease-fire and consider cutting off military aid to Israel.
Sen. Joe Lieberman said the conflict stems from the rockets and mortar rounds "fired indiscriminately and unilaterally by Hamas, with the intention of murdering innocent civilians."Sen. Dodd sums up the problem right there. There is likely a solution to this conflict, but it will require good faith negotiation, not military force.
"After repeated warnings," he said, "Israel is now exercising its legitimate right of self-defense to stop these terrorist acts."
Rep. Rosa DeLauro said Friday that the United States should support the return to a cease-fire, but only if Hamas ceases its rocket attacks.
Sen. Chris Dodd, a senior member of the foreign relations committee, also condemned the Hamas attacks. "But there is no military solution to the conflict," he said in a statement, adding that he supports an interim truce and negotiations.
The situation is very tense right now, with Israeli tanks and troops gathered at the boarder of Gaza. Israel has stated that it will precede any ground attack with a massive aerial bombardment. This will absolutely lead to significant civilian losses, regardless of how carefully the bombings are targeted.