As a tenuous cease-fire in the Gaza Strip held Saturday, a group of local residents braved stinging winds and temperatures in the 20s Saturday afternoon to rally for Palestine.
A group of 30-40 people holding signs and flags gathered at the southeast corner of Orchard Lake and Maple at around 3 p.m. West Bloomfield Police maintained a presence in the area, blocking off a portion of the parking lot at The Shops at Old Orchard. Patrol cars were also visible at other locations in the area.
Organizer Eslam Kersha said the purpose of the gathering was to raise awareness about the Palestinian side of the conflict with Israel.
"We're out here because we believe the Palestinians don't have a representative group to speak up for them (in the media)," he said. "We don't hear that much about the Palestinian casualties and the tremendous loss of life and pain that they feel ... We are out here because we are doing that, we are giving them a voice."