Vigil held for Palestinians killed in Gaza 2 years ago

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Demonstrators picket on the second anniversary of the killing of more than 1,000 Palestinians in the Gaza strip by Israel during a 22-day war between Dec. 27, 2008 and Jan. 18, 2009. The demonstration was held at Veteran Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard in West Los Angeles on Jan. 21, 2011.

WEST LOS ANGELES - Holding banners, one reading "Stop the US and Israeli war on the Palestinian people," about 30 people held a demonstration and candlelight vigil Friday, calling for an end to attacks on Gaza and to support Palestinian people in the region.

"I would love to see our country stop giving aid to Israel because they don't adhere to international law and human rights," Amani Barakat, 42, of Moorpark, said at the event held on the corner of Veteran Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.

"It's a crime what's happening there. It needs to be stopped," said Mazen Almoukdad, 52, of Anaheim.

The vigil was held to mark the second anniversary of an attack by Israel on Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip between Dec. 27, 2008 and Jan. 18, 2009.

Organizers of the event, which included the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, claim that some 1,417 Palestinians were killed, including 352 children, and 5,300 wounded.

Israel launched its war on Dec. 27 in an effort to stop militant rocket fire from Gaza that terrorized hundreds of thousands of Israelis.

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