Activists Urge Obama To Rethink US Role In Mideast
KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) - A handful of pro-Palestinian activists is urging President-elect Barack Obama to take a new approach toward the Middle East.
Eight activists marched today outside Obama's vacation home in Hawaii. Obama did not acknowledge them as his motorcade left the property. Aides say Obama was going to play basketball with friends at his former high school.
The protesters told reporters they want the incoming administration to take a fresh look at the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian territories, especially given the current fighting in the Gaza Strip. They also said Obama needs to take a more active role in the conflict, even though he doesn't take office until Jan. 20.
Obama has declined to inject himself publicly into the situation, although during the campaign he spoke in strong support of Israel's right to defend itself from Palestinian attacks.
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