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Middle East violence sparks strong reaction in Atlanta

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The fighting in the Middle East has prompted strong reaction in Atlanta.

Angry Palestinian sympathizers gathered on Tuesday outside the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta. It was the second protest since the conflict escalated last week.

"Why are they bombarding civilian people?  It should be every human's will to do that, to stop that," said Imad Nasserddin, who has family in Gaza.

While at a rally at the Ahavath Achim synagogue on Tuesday, the emphasis was on Israel's right to defend itself.

"I stand with the people of Israel and the nation of Israel tonight, tomorrow and the day after that," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Dr. Ken Stein, An Emory professor of Mideast history and political science, was among the speakers.  He says it's in the U.S. interest to have Egypt's Mohamed Morsi  play a large role in the truce talks and give him credit if they are successful.

"My sense is Morse is pragmatic. Morsi knows that he can't alienate the United States and the EU and the Quartet and Russia. He knows he needs financial aid, he knows he needs wheat from the outside," Stein said.

Stein says Israel wants to prevent retaliation from Gaza in the south if it decides to take on Iran and its ally Hezbollah in Lebanon to the north.

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