The Middle East conflict is hitting close to home for dozens of Fox Valley residents. They gathered in downtown Appleton Thursday morning, seeking peace.
With signs in hand and pain in their hearts, dozens of peaceful protestors gathered in Houdini Plaza.
"People are outraged all across the globe," says Amna Qazi, the protest organizer, "and so we are here that we should end this. We want peace on both sides. We want this bloodshed, this war to end."
The group is protesting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, something most Americans could probably never imagine happening at home.
"You have to look at the fact that we don't have bombs raining down on our heads, so it's hard to comprehend what the people of Israel go through every day," says Ed Klug.
And even though the protestors aren't directly affected by the Middle East conflict and come from all different walks of life, they say they're human and want to stand together to voice their support for those who are under siege.
Protestor Rabi Qureshi says, "We are not a certain religion, but we are mothers, all of us, so seeing little children die, all that bloodshed that has hurt us and we as human beings just stand here asking the world to support peace in that area."
Despite being thousands of miles away from Gaza and of many different faiths, these protestors are hopeful their voice of peace is being heard.
"I will never underestimate the power of a prayer and that's what we're here to do, pray together," says protestor Lubna Alam. "People from all faiths, from all ethnicities, together together and pray for the people who are victims in this oppression."
Adds Ed Klug, "One voice can make a difference. And there's many people here that believe peace can happen."
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