- Posted July 25, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
New violence in Israel and West Bank
Pro-Israel supporters gather outside of the CNN Center
Among the protesters were local militia-men with assault rifles, Orthodox Jews performing prayers with the Tefillin and Christians passing religious text.
The rally began around 2pm and was scheduled to end at 4pm, when Pro-Palestinian demonstrators were set to begin their own protest but many were already arriving early. Among them mainly women, children and young men holding signs denouncing Israel's actions.
The APD was out in full force to protect both sides. Tensions were already growing between them as both parties hurled accusations and exchanged heated words across the busy intersection of Marietta Street and Centennial Olympic Drive.
As I walked through the crowd I overheard many express their concern over violent retaliation on either side. Since my last report the crowds have swelled to reach in the hundreds with equal representation on both sides.