Israel is bombing Gaza again. In Chicago, thousands came out to protest Israel's actions, and the US government's complicity in sending arms to Israel. The bombing began Saturday December 27, 2008, and the next day, Sunday December 28, there was a decent sized rally at the Water Tower Place on Michigan Ave. Thanks to the internet and social networking sites, a large number of people were able to make it. However there was another rally on Friday January 2, 2009. This was the largest pro-Palestine demonstration in Chicago I can remember. We rallied in Tribune Plaza before marching down Michigan Ave. to rally outside of the Israeli consulate. One of the speakers, Hatem Abudayyeh, commented that the director of the consulate was on CNN denouncing the rally, to which Abudayyeh replied that it is Israeli war crimes which should be condemmed, not this rally.