Hundreds of protesters calling for ceasefire between Israel and Gaza take over Philadelphia's Amtrak train station - blocking entrances and delaying passengers

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Philadelphia's Amtrak train position was overrun by hundreds protesters calling for a ceasefire betwixt Israel and Gaza connected Thursday evening - arsenic warfare continues to rumble connected successful nan Middle East. 

Police initially group up barricades adjacent 30th Street Station successful anticipation of nan protesters - who ended up storming wrong and initiating their ain sit-in aft blocking nan entranceway connected nan sidewalk. 

Hundreds of demonstrators flooded wrong nan Amtrak position - which is Philadelphia's largest - stopping commuters successful their tracks, conscionable earlier 7.30pm. 

Local agencies said nan main entranceway to 30th Street Station was temporarily closed because of nan protests, and passengers were told to participate done nan broadside entranceway connected nan northwest of nan station.

The rally coming was led by members of Jewish Voice for Peace-Philadelphia, nan Philly Palestine Coalition, and IfNotNow Philadelphia. 

Videos showed nan groups holding placards reference 'ceasefire now,' and chanting while commuters attempted to get successful and retired of nan terminal

Hundreds of demonstrators flooded wrong and extracurricular nan Amtrak station, stopping commuters and locals from entering conscionable earlier 7.30pm

Videos showed nan groups holding placards reference 'ceasefire now,' and chanting while commuters attempted to get successful and retired of nan terminal. 

After making their measurement inside, nan demonstrators sat connected nan flood wrong nan station's main entranceway pinch their signs held high, while singing 'everyone for everyone, ceasefire now.' 

One poster read: 'Mourn nan dormant and conflict for illustration hellhole for nan living.' 

Others besides fto disconnected red, black, and greenish balloons extracurricular - nan colors connected nan Palestinian emblem - successful protest. 

Police were allegedly seen making arrests astatine nan demonstration, and they loaded immoderate of nan group connected to a bus, according to CBS.  

Dani Noble of Jewish Voice for Peace told NBC10 up of Thursday's rally: 'We request an outcry from nan faith-based community. From group who attraction astir nan lives and dignity of each people. 

'And we person seen truthful galore communities coming together and doing conscionable that and crying retired for a ceasefire. Crying retired for nan extremity to genocide against Palestinians.'

Philadelphia Police said up of nan rally: 'We are intimately monitoring nan business successful Israel and Gaza and are moving collaboratively pinch our local, state, and national partners to enactment informed. 

Police were seen making arrests astatine nan demonstration, and they loaded immoderate of nan group who took to nan streets connected to a bus, according to CBS

Since Hamas slaughtered complete 1,000 Jews connected October 7, riots and protests person exploded crossed cities and assemblage campuses successful nan US

PROTEST: About 300 group wrong 30th Street Station successful Philadelphia correct now calling for a ceasefire successful Gaza.

Hundreds much are outside.

Many are connected pinch Jewish Voice for Peace, Philly Palestine Coalition and If Not Now Philadelphia. @6abc pic.twitter.com/KfKp3TUa1c

— Briana Smith (@brianasmithnews) November 2, 2023

'We stay vigilant and prepared for immoderate business that whitethorn arise.'

Jason Holtzman, nan head of nan Jewish Community Relations and nan Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, said: 'We mourn nan nonaccomplishment of each civilian lives and it profoundly pains maine and profoundly pains nan Jewish organization that guiltless Palestinian civilians are being caught up successful nan crossfire and our becoming casualties of war.

'Until that statement [Hamas] backs down and dedicates itself to surrendering and surviving peacefully adjacent to Israel, location should beryllium nary cease-fire, nary region successful hostility.' 

Currently, location are nary delays on Amtrak.  

Since Hamas slaughtered complete 1,000 Jews connected October 7, riots and protests person exploded crossed cities and assemblage campuses successful nan US. 

Thousands of group gathered successful Washington DC connected October 18 - and arsenic galore arsenic 300 were arrested wrong nan Capitol. 

Last Friday, astatine slightest 200 pro-Palestine and Jewish protestors were arrested successful NYC aft storming Grand Central to request a ceasefire - arsenic Israel launched an 'unprecedented' bombing run connected Gaza and stepped up crushed operations.

Footage of protestors clashing pinch constabulary surfaced successful nan aftermath of nan arena organized by members of nan Jewish Voice for Peace.

The protestation comes aft akin demonstrations successful NYC and DC

The group picture themselves arsenic being nan 'largest progressive Jewish anti-Zionist statement successful nan world' predominantly consisting of group from nan Jewish faith.

Protestors astatine nan 'historic sit-in' connected nan main concourse of nan iconic Manhattan position could beryllium heard chanting: 'No much weapons, nary much war. Ceasefire is what we're fighting for.'

Other footage besides showed a ample crowd attempting to participate nan position but being held backmost by NYPD officers trying to subdue nan situation.

Signs were hung astir nan concourse, pinch 1 reading: 'Palestinians should beryllium free.'

Others said: 'Mourn nan dead, and conflict for illustration hellhole for nan living' and different called for an contiguous ceasefire successful nan region.

Jewish Voice for Peace issued a connection connected their intended protest, saying: 'In nan past 2 weeks, complete 7,000 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis were killed.

'Every explosive dropped connected Gaza threatens nan lives of 2.2 cardinal Palestinians successful Gaza and 200 Israeli hostages. The only measurement to prevention lives [is] done an contiguous ceasefire.'

Subsequent videos emerged showing officers attempting to disperse nan crowds wrong nan station, arsenic good arsenic immoderate group being escorted retired successful handcuffs.

The New York Police Department said astatine slightest 200 group had been arrested, while protestation organizers put nan number astatine much than 300.

The Big Apple, which has nan biggest Jewish organization successful nan world extracurricular of Israel, has been a hotbed for protests since nan conflict started earlier this month.

Earlier Thursday, thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched from Wall Street to City Hall to protestation against U.S. weapons manufacturers and finance companies and dozens of others person raged crossed nan state and world.

Mayor Eric Adams said connected Thursday that 233 group person been arrested astatine nan complete 100 protests and rallies held successful nan city.


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