Detroit-area residents protest Mideast conflicts

Hundreds of Detroit-area residents hold rallies over Iraqi, Israeli-Palestinian fighting
Posted on Aug. 11, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 11, 2014 at 2:31 a.m.

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit-area residents have rallied against warfare in Iraq and in support of Israel in its fight with Palestinian forces in Gaza.

WXYZ-TV says hundreds of Iraqi Americans held red crosses and signs Sunday in Sterling Heights in opposition to Islamic State fighters. The militant group’s rapid rise in June plunged Iraq into its worst crisis since U.S. troops withdrew from the country at the end of 2011.

The Oakland Press of Pontiac says a group of Christians and Jews held a pro-Israel rally Sunday in West Bloomfield.

It says members of the group Long Live Israel sang the Israeli and U.S. national anthems, read Psalms and prayed for the welfare of Israel’s military.

Members say they oppose radical Islamic groups that they say threaten Jews and Christians.

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