Arafat Remembered in Michigan Streets

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Dozens of people marched Friday to protest Israeli and U.S. policies toward Palestinians.

The march was held on the day Al-Quds Day, the last Friday of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Al-Quds, meaning “the holy,” is the Arabic name for Jerusalem. The protest came a day after the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, but was planned beforehand.

“Arafat was obviously a hero for the Palestinian people, the man fought for 40 years,” said protester Tom Jacobs, 52, an unemployed construction worker from Detroit. Demonstrators carried signs with slogans such as “Zionism is racism” and “U.S. hands off Muslim land.”

Two marchers carried a makeshift coffin, bearing the label “human rights.”

Amneh Saqalla, 35, of Dearborn Heights held her toddler son as she marched. She said the fate of Palestinians is important.

“It's not good to see human beings insulted this way,” she said.