Manchester teen led organized Pro-Peace for Palestine rally
Hassan Essa, a 16-year-old who will be a senior at West this fall, started planning the Pro-Peace for Palestine rally after seeing news reports of four boys who were killed by Israeli missiles while playing on a Gaza City beach on Wednesday.
"That's why we're out here - to gain awareness," Essa said. "It's not about where you're from. It's about what you believe. I'm really a strong believer in separation of church and state."Essa reached out to his friends and started a Facebook page for Saturday's event. He was hoping for about 50 people to join him. The crowd of about 15 people stood out mostly because of their age. Essa, who was born in Kuwait and is a Muslim, said differences in religion and faith are not justifications for violence.
The teens in Manchester had some idealistic thoughts on resolving a dispute that started long before their time.
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