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Pro-Palestinian demonstration greets Obama in Hawaii

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A small group of Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protested at Barack Obama’s vacation home in Hawaii.

Carrying signs reading "No U.S. support for Israel" and "Gazans need food and medicine, not war," a dozen or so demonstrators, representing groups including Veterans for Peace, urged Obama to place resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the top of his priority list and to speak out about Israel’s strikes in Gaza, according to news reports.

Obama has not made any public statement about Israel’s operation against Hamas since it began Saturday. He did not acknowledge the protestors when his motorcade drove by them Tuesday.

"The president-elect values citizen participation in our nation’s foreign policy, but there is one president at a time, and we intend to respect that," Obama spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said.

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