ST. PETERSBURG — Protesters gathered outside the Florida Holocaust Museum on Thursday to protest what they called the genocide of Palestian people by Israeli.
The group of about two dozen from the Black is Back Coalition lifted signs with graphic images of dead children and shouted chants like "Israel, Israel you can't hide. We charge you with genocide."
"We're demonstrating at a place that is supposed to be symbolic in opposition to genocide," group spokesman Omali Yeshitela, 73, said.
Yeshitela said the group was opposed to Israeli aggression over two weeks of fighting between the country and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. He also pointed to the crowded conditions there and said the murder of civilians was taking place with U.S. approval.
The chants through a megaphone were still audible inside the darkened museum, where staff huddled near entrance gates and watched the group outside. A security guard said the protestors hadn't disrupted the coming and going of visitors to the museum.