Hundreds rally in support of Palestinians at Colorado Capitol

‘What side of history do you want to be on?’ asks state Rep. Jodeh

By: - May 15, 2021 9:08 am

Activists rallied and marched in Denver in support of Palestinian human rights on May 14, 2021. (Chase Woodruff/Colorado Newsline)

Hundreds of people rallied and marched in Denver on Friday to show their support for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank and harshly condemn the actions of Israel and the United States as violence in the region continued to escalate.

“We feel this anger in our bones,” said state Rep. Iman Jodeh, a Democrat from Aurora and a Palestinian-American who in 2020 became the first Muslim to be elected to the Colorado General Assembly. “We feel it when we are forcibly removed from our homes. We feel it when our own children are put in cages, when we live under apartheid and are forced to live behind walls.”


As of early Saturday, the death toll in Gaza had risen to at least 139, including 39 children, amid a series of air strikes and ground operations by Israel Defense Forces, while at least 11 Palestinians have been killed amid widespread protests in the West Bank, according to the Associated Press. Seven Israelis, including one child, have been killed by rockets fired by Hamas.

The escalating violence began earlier this month in Sheikh Jarrah, a predominantly Palestinian neighborhood in the Israeli-occupied West Bank where four Palestinian families face eviction after a years-long legal dispute with Jewish settlers aiming to seize their properties. Street clashes between pro-Palestinian protesters and pro-settler groups prompted a crackdown by Israeli police, and violent confrontations have been reported across Israel. Following a series of rocket attacks from Hamas militants, Israeli forces launched a major military operation targeting Gaza and have resisted calls for a ceasefire.

Demonstrators at Friday’s rally in Denver at the Colorado Capitol called for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine and for the U.S. government to place conditions on military aid to the Israeli government. Jodeh urged the crowd to contact their representatives in Congress and “demand justice for Palestinians.”

“We have the opportunity to say there is a sea change happening, there is a reckoning happening, regarding Palestine,” Jodeh said. “Our congressional delegation in D.C. — what side of history do you want to be on?”

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Chase Woodruff
Chase Woodruff

Reporter Chase Woodruff covers the environment, the economy and other stories for Colorado Newsline.