Lawrence rally, march push for ‘Hands off Rafah’

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More than 100 community members gathered in Lawrence Saturday afternoon, calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Many in attendance carried signs and wore keffiyehs during the rally at South Park followed by a march down Massachusetts Street as part of the global “Shut It Down for Palestine” movement.

“We’re here for Aaron, to honor his sacrifice,” one organizer told those in attendance, referring to Aaron Bushnell, a man who died after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington earlier this week.

Molly Adams / Lawrence Times

“Gaza must have food and water,” the group chanted during the march.

Another organizer said the group wasn’t asking for anything controversial. 

“The least you can do as a human being is stand against genocide,” the second organizer said. “If it was happening to the Jewish people, I’d be right here standing against the injustice.”

Molly Adams / Lawrence Times

The group encourages people who are interested in learning more about the cause to follow their Facebook page, Rally for Palestine – Lawrence, and BDS Kansas City.

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Molly Adams (she/her), photojournalist and news operations coordinator for The Lawrence Times, can be reached at molly (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Check out more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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