Madison residents rally for solidarity with Palestine after journalist’s killing

MADISON, Wis. — In the wake of the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Madison residents gathered for a rally calling for peace and justice in Palestine.

The event fell on May 15, a day known to Palestinians as the Nakba. On that day, in 1948, Palestinians were pushed out of their homes by the Israeli government.

Protestors said that Palestinians in the region are still being abused over 70 years later, and hope that keeping the issue in the public eye will bring change, especially after the death of Akleh.

“Tragic doesn’t even begin to describe it,” Ashley Hudson said. “Freedom of the press should be a thing here and everywhere.”

Akleh was known for using her platform as a journalist to share stories of abuse being done to Palestinians. The protestors said they want to continue her legacy.