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Demonstrations were held in cities around the world to protest Israel's military offensive against Hamas as Israeli ground troops entered the territory on Saturday.

In Canada, rallies were scheduled in Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

At least 1,000 people gathered in Dundas Square, in Toronto's central downtown business district.

Officers on foot, bicycle and horseback patrolled the area as demonstrators for and against Israel gathered on either side of Yonge Street.

The rally was passionate but peaceful as people shouted at each other from across the street.

In London, at least 10,000 people, many carrying Palestinian flags, marched past British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Downing Street residence to a rally in Trafalgar Square.

Once marchers stopped outside Brown's residence, hundreds of them hurled shoes at the tall iron gates that block entry to the narrow road.

Shoe-throwing has become a popular gesture of protest and contempt since an Iraqi journalist tossed a pair at U.S. President George W. Bush in Baghdad last month.

Rallies also were held in other British cities — including Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow — and across Europe.

Protests in Paris, Amsterdam, Rome and Berlin all drew thousands of people.

In Paris, police said 21,000 marched through the streets, shouting "We are all Palestinians" and "Israel assassin."

Later, about 500 of the protesters turned violent, throwing objects at police, burning Israeli flags, overturning and torching cars, and vandalizing several shops, police said.

Ten police officers were injured in the clashes and 20 protesters arrested, a Paris police spokeswoman said.

Angry protests continued for a second day in Turkey, where about 5,000 demonstrators shouted "killer Israel" in downtown Ankara.

Thousands of people marched through Amsterdam, criticizing both the Israeli attacks and the Dutch government's failure to condemn them. One banner declared: "Anne Frank is turning in her grave. Oh Israel!"

More than 4,000 people demonstrated in Duesseldorf, Germany, and about 5,000 in Frankfurt.

Similar rallies were held In Berlin, Salzburg, Madrid, Oslo and Athens

Added: Jan-4-2009 Occurred On: Jan-4-2009
By: CoolQcumber
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  • Why no one protests when rockets bombed our towns for years? why?

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  • nice to see the world not bowing to the Muslims and pussies for once

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  • Crikey................................Say not to the middle east my peoples...when the come knocking just turn the lights out don't answer the door if we ignore the middle east they will go away don't give them attention ahhhhhh haha

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  • These are the same liberal turds and Muslims who would be happy to get their citizens killed at the hand of these jihadis. There are more people who are silent because they know Israel's problem with these rocket firing scums and they know whatever is happening is good for both citizens of both side of the border.

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  • it never fails to amaze me that Liberal left wingers love the poor downtrodden Muslims so much,the Mullahs would have them and their gay pals at the top of their execution lists

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    • sick situation here, because the right wingers support the palestinians too, because they fight the jews.
      strange, such a little planet somewhere alone in the universe and the residents of this planet kill each other since they can walk upright!

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  • There is no universal, global or worldwide condemnation of Israel's actions. There are only too many muslims in Europe and North America.

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  • When genocide goes on in Rwanda (1994) you did not hear a peep out of any of these people. In Rwanda the rivers literally ran red with blood and over 500,000 people were slaughtered, many with machetes, over tribal differences. In Cambodia in the 1970's half of the population (2 million) were murdered. Where were these people then? Maybe because there werent Jews involved?

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