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Thousands gather for solidarity rally for Israel

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Bombing victims' funerals in Israel. (Source: CBS Newspath) Bombing victims' funerals in Israel. (Source: CBS Newspath)
Thousands gathered at the pro rally in Beachwood to show support for Israel. (Source: WOIO) Thousands gathered at the pro rally in Beachwood to show support for Israel. (Source: WOIO)
The Jewish Federation of Cleveland hosted the rally. (Source: WOIO) The Jewish Federation of Cleveland hosted the rally. (Source: WOIO)
Many signs appeared around the site, including "Cleveland Stands with Israel." (Source: WOIO) Many signs appeared around the site, including "Cleveland Stands with Israel." (Source: WOIO)
A flag proudly planted at the rally. (Source: WOIO) A flag proudly planted at the rally. (Source: WOIO)
BEACHWOOD, OH (WOIO) -

Thousands came out to show support for Israel in a solidarity rally held Tuesday, as violence in the country continues. It's violence many in our area have seen first hand.

"We are against terror and we are for Israel," said Jewish Federation's Board Chair Reneé Chelm in a statement. "We invite everyone in the community to join in solidarity with Israel and her people. Let our voices be heard- this is no place for hate."

Becky Sebo was among the 2,800 who came out for the rally at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland

"I'm here to support Israel. I'm here to support peace. I'm here to support Israel defending itself against terrorism," said Sebo.

Dozens of rockets were fired from Palestinian territory toward Israel Tuesday and Sebo said she worries about her friends who are still there, especially those in the army.

"I used to live in Israel for a year and I lived in the city that's being hit by rockets almost every day. And knowing that my friends, who I used to live with, have to run to bomb shelters in 30 seconds is terrifying," said Sebo.

Some don't see the violence ending any time soon.

"Very, very concerned. I think insanity has taken over," said Harold Isaacs.

Isaacs has also spent time in Israel and fought in wars there before moving to Ohio.

"I don't know how they expect a rational response. They got a rocket up to Tel Aviv. They disrupted the country," he said.

Currently, Israel is a no-fly zone for commercial airlines based in the United States. Several European airlines have also banned flights into and out of Israel.

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