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Palestine Supporters Rally After Israel Backs Out of Talks

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Israel had walked away from cease-fire talks earlier this weekend after militants resumed their rocket fire on southern Israel with the expiration of an earlier three-day truce. Hundreds rallied in the city Saturday to show support for Gaza. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.

As the fighting continues in Gaza, here at home there's a march protesting Israeli military action.

Pro-Palestine supporters made their way from Columbus Circle to a plaza across the street from the United Nations Saturday.

People from many different religions, cultures, stood together calling on the U.S. to end aid to Israel.

"I'm actually from Gaza. All my family is in Gaza. Two days ago, my cousin was killed brutally," said one protester.

"Knowing that other humans are slaughtering innocent human beings the way they are—it's ridiculous. This is why I am here. I have no anger. I’m not Arab. I'm not Muslim—just a Spanish kid from the Bronx and I come here out of my heart," another said.

"We’re here today just to, basically, protest like all of the U.S. politicians. It seems like the state of Israel has, you know, their hands in all of the politicians pockets," another said.

Rocket strikes resumed in Gaza following a temporary truce that was aimed at bringing an end to the deadliest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas since the Islamic militant group took control of the area in 2007.

"This is a genocide. This is not a war. Israeli call it a war but its not a war, it’s a genocide against people," said another.

"Many of them are being killed, especially women and children. As we see the awesome and gruesome pictures that are being sent out...it's terrible, what's happening," another said.

There was no coordinated counter-protest, however Israeli supporters who happened to be in the area were compelled to respond.

"I’m from Israel. The Hamas want to take, they said they obligated to kill Israelis and they want to erase Israel," said one person.

"I kind of feel like, we’re not fighting a war against the Palestinians. It's against the Hamas. It’s the terrorists," another person said.

Although both sides are clearly passionate as they defend their own, the march was peaceful.

It's appropriate since peace is what most are hoping for Gaza and Israel.

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