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      Alabamians on both sides of the issue discuss Middle East fighting

      Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

      The leader of the Hamas military wing has ruled out a quick cease-fire between the Israelis and Palestinians. Hamas is demanding Israel and Egypt lift a border blockade imposed on Gaza in 2007.

      Israeli supporters in Birmingham are participating in a rally. The rally is allowing the community to come together, understand what's happening overseas and pray for peace. There are people in the Birmingham community on both sides of the conflict.

      People in Birmingham agree what's happening in the Middle East isn't good.

      "It's a very unfortunate situation for everyone involved," said Levite Jewish Community Center Executive Director Betzy Lynch.

      "I think, currently, the situation is quite horrendous," said Perusian Saba Dovlabadati.

      Dovlabadati is Perusian. He stays up-to-date on the what's happening between the Palestinians and Israelis.

      "The common rhetoric is that Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005. That's not the case. Israel blocked Gaza from food, medical supplies and water," added Dovlabadati.

      Lynch also pays attention. She runs the Levite Jewish Community Center on Montclair Road.

      "There's an ideological sense from the Hamas that they do not believe in the existence of the state of Israel," added Lynch.

      The fighting is in its third week with no end in sight.

      "We should go back to what both sides agreed on. At one point, both sides agreed on a 1967 border, a two-state solution to allow the Palestinian citizens a sovereign state of their own," added Dovlabadati.

      "There's, unfortunately, not going to be able to be much resolve to the situation as long as Israel exists, added Lynch.

      Israel's Consul General to the Southeast told people in the rally his understanding on what's happening overseas.

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