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Anti-Israel rage across globe as violence in Gaza goes on (PHOTOS)

Published time: November 18, 2012 10:13
Edited time: November 18, 2012 18:58
Bahraini Shiite protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in solidarity with Gaza Strip in the village of Bani Jamrah, West Manama.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

Bahraini Shiite protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in solidarity with Gaza Strip in the village of Bani Jamrah, West Manama.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

As Hamas continues to launch strikes on Israel, the government of the Jewish state said it’s ready to expand the operation against Gaza. Meantime, the ongoing global protests against Israel see thousands taking to the streets around the world.

About a thousand of Indonesian students demonstrated in Jakarta, carrying Palestinian flags, as well as photos of destruction and casualties, and shouting “Save Gaza, save humanity” outside the US embassy. “America is a country that has always championed human rights but why is it not doing anything to stop Israel’s attacks? Israel is the real terrorist,” protest coordinator Yousef Saiful Gunawan told AFP.

Indonesian Muslim students attend a protest against fresh Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, outside the US embassy in Jakarta.(AFP Photo / Adek  Berry)
Indonesian Muslim students attend a protest against fresh Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, outside the US embassy in Jakarta.(AFP Photo / Adek Berry)
Indonesian Muslim students attend a protest against fresh Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, outside the US embassy in Jakarta.(AFP Photo / Adek  Berry)
Indonesian Muslim students attend a protest against fresh Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, outside the US embassy in Jakarta.(AFP Photo / Adek Berry)

Around a thousand of Chileans also took to the streets of the country’s capital to protest against the ongoing violence. The demonstrators carried banners with photos of the conflict’s victims. There are about 350,000 Chileans of Palestinian descent living in Chile, making it one of the largest such communities outside of the Arab world.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest against Israel′s ongoing airstrike over Gaza, near the Israeli embassy in Santiago, Chile.(AFP Photo / Claudio Santana)
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest against Israel's ongoing airstrike over Gaza, near the Israeli embassy in Santiago, Chile.(AFP Photo / Claudio Santana)
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest against Israel′s ongoing airstrike over Gaza, near the Israeli embassy in Santiago, Chile.(AFP Photo / Claudio Santana)
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest against Israel's ongoing airstrike over Gaza, near the Israeli embassy in Santiago, Chile.(AFP Photo / Claudio Santana)

Crowds also gathered in the Netherlands’ capital Amsterdam to protest the Gaza assault. The demonstrators were holding posters which read, "No Dutch support for apartheid in Palestine. Boycott Israel."

Demonstrators hold signs saying "No Dutch support for apartheid in Palestine. Boycott Israel" during a protest in Amsterdam.(AFP Photo / Erik Van ′ T Woud)
Demonstrators hold signs saying "No Dutch support for apartheid in Palestine. Boycott Israel" during a protest in Amsterdam.(AFP Photo / Erik Van ' T Woud)
emonstrators hold signs saying "No Dutch support for apartheid in Palestine. Boycott Israel" during a protest in Amsterdam.(AFP Photo / Erik Van ′ T Woud)
emonstrators hold signs saying "No Dutch support for apartheid in Palestine. Boycott Israel" during a protest in Amsterdam.(AFP Photo / Erik Van ' T Woud)

In London, thousands also rallied in support of the Palestinian people outside the Israeli embassy, condemning the British government’s stance on the issue. Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said protesters aimed to demonstrate they were "vehemently opposed" to the Foreign Office's position. The crowds waved Palestinian flags, sang "Gaza we will never let you die", branding Israel a “terror state.” There was a significant police presence in the area of the protest, with the road leading to the Israeli embassy blocked by barriers and a gate.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest near the Israeli embassy in central London.(AFP Photo / Leon Neal)
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest near the Israeli embassy in central London.(AFP Photo / Leon Neal)
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest near the Israeli embassy in central London.(AFP Photo / Leon Neal)
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest near the Israeli embassy in central London.(AFP Photo / Leon Neal)

­In Israel itself, hundreds also protested against the Operation Pillar of Defense, calling on the government to reach an immediate ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza. The demonstrators named the military operation an “election campaign” for Netanyahu, chanting slogans against the “occupation.”

Israeli soldiers stand watch as Palestinian and Israelis from the movement of Combatants for Peace hold the Palestinian flag as they take part in a rally in support of the people of the Gaza Strip and against Israeli air strikes.(AFP Photo / Musa Al-Shaer)
Israeli soldiers stand watch as Palestinian and Israelis from the movement of Combatants for Peace hold the Palestinian flag as they take part in a rally in support of the people of the Gaza Strip and against Israeli air strikes.(AFP Photo / Musa Al-Shaer)
Israeli soldiers stand watch as Palestinian and Israelis from the movement of Combatants for Peace take part in a rally in support of the people of the Gaza Strip and against Israeli air strikes.(AFP Photo / Musa Al-Shaer)
Israeli soldiers stand watch as Palestinian and Israelis from the movement of Combatants for Peace take part in a rally in support of the people of the Gaza Strip and against Israeli air strikes.(AFP Photo / Musa Al-Shaer)

Nine rockets were launched from Gaza on Sunday, with three of them hitting Israel and another four intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the Jewish state is ready to “significantly expand” Gaza operation. As of now, at least 52 Palestinians, including 11 children, and three Israelis died in the conflict.

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Activists of hardline Shiite group Palestine Foundation of Pakistan burn an effigy of US President Barack Obama at an anti-US and Israel protest in Karachi.(AFP Photo / Rizwan Tabassum)
Activists of hardline Shiite group Palestine Foundation of Pakistan burn an effigy of US President Barack Obama at an anti-US and Israel protest in Karachi.(AFP Photo / Rizwan Tabassum)

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