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    Posted November 16, 2012 by
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    Israel-Gaza conflict: Your stories

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    Global Tensions Flare as Israel/Gaza Conflict Intensifies


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter and keen photographer Makandel heard about protests outside the White House in Washington DC over Gaza and arrived to find competing demonstrations between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian supporters. "It was very tense," he said. "When I got down there, there were about 200 pro-Israeli protesters and about 300 pro-Palestinian ones who had marched from the State Department plus a ton of police." He said that barriers put up by police prevented any scuffles between the two sides but there was, as he described it, some "back and forth" between them. "It got pretty hot," he said. Kandel feels that the current situation is "terrible" and that U.S. President Barack Obama should prioritise a long term solution to the conflict - but begin with stopping the current violence. "There must be some kind of intervention and it must be a priority but that's down the road -- right now people are dying and someone needs to step in," he said.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    As the conflict between Israel and Gaza intensifies – supporters of both sides amass around the world to show their support. Tonight in Washington, DC, hundreds of people met at the White House to ask President Obama for a solution to the conflict.


    A group of more than 200 Israel supporters arrived first – met by a group of more than 300 Gaza supporters. The groups were separated by dozens of Uniformed Secret Service and police as the two groups shouted arguments at one another. Claims of genocide, occupation, murder, terror, and of course blame were exchanged.


    Halfway around the world, the rockets of Hamas militants continue to fall on residential areas of Southern Israel and south of Tel Aviv, while the missiles of Israeli aircrafts are being used to strategically eliminate Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

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