January 10th, 2009
03:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Thousands protest over Gaza outside White House, Obama hotel

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/10/art.protest.gi.jpg caption="Protestors gathered near the White House Saturday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Thousands of pro-Palestinian activists rallied outside the temporary residence of President-elect Barack Obama Saturday, and called on the incoming leader to stop the violence in Gaza.

About 3,000 people carrying signs and chanting "Free Palestine" flooded Lafayette Park, which is sandwiched between the White House and the Hay-Adams Hotel, where the president-elect is living with his family.

Carrying a Palestinian and wearing a keffiyeh, Abdel-Kader Elkabil called on the president-elect to take action.

"Please Mr. Obama, do something. We love you. We voted for you," said Abdel-Kader Elkabil. "I'm expecting you to do something...you're the only one who can do something."

Asma Mobin-Uddin drove to Washington with a group of 500 activists from Ohio. She said she had voted for Obama because she believed he could "make a difference."

"President Obama, look in the eyes of your kids and look in the eyes of the kids in that region," said Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin. "Please, stop the violence, stop the hate, stop the occupation."

Though the president-elect has been asked by reporters to comment on the situation in Gaza, Obama has consistently deferred to President Bush.

"I've been getting briefed every day. I've had consistent conversations with members of the current administration about what's taking place," Obama said Monday.

"I will continue to insist that when it comes to foreign affairs, it is particularly important to adhere to the principle of one president at a time, because there are delicate negotiations taking place right now, and we can't have two voices coming out of the United States when you have so much at stake."

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Antonio Beasley from Kentucky

    I think those people are just expressing themselves with free speech. I don't see anything wrong with that as long as they understand that their opinion does not rule all. This issue is split down the middle as far as how it should be resolved. I believe those people are really protesting for nothing. That will be one of the first things he needs to try and help with when he comes to office, and he knows that. He will do something. Just don't ge tmad if you don't like what he does. If the decision he makes and action that he takes helps with both sides making concessions everything should be fine. And people over here shouldn't be upset.

    January 10, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. Dave in Pennsylvania

    I think we should deport all these protesters in the United States.
    If they support terrorism, then they are only an internal future threat to Peace within the US

    January 10, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. S Callahan

    Israel will never die...it's God's chosen land....and appointed to the people now there.....wars aren't going to change that.

    January 10, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. James

    If all those people that are protesting should get on the first flight to Israel,instead of hiding behind someother countries borders,then they may not have anything to say.

    January 12, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Alexander Hamilton

    Do you think people with rational thinking would fall for that hoax " the chosen people crap" ?

    January 12, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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