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Syrians in Jacksonville rally against US intervention
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Syrians in Jacksonville rally against US intervention

Syrians in Jacksonville rally against US intervention
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Syrians in Jacksonville rally against US intervention

A growing pocket of Syrians concerned about US intervention is right here in Jacksonville.

Dozens gathered in Hemming Plaza Thursday to sing and march in the area, chanting “Hands off Syria”.

“Just let’s take care of our internal problems in America and let the other parts of the world take care of their own problems,” says Lin Khatib, who lives on the Southside.

Khatib was born in Syria and grew up there before moving stateside. She says there has been no conclusive evidence brought forward that the government did in fact use chemical weapons. She says with or without proof, however, our involvement in Iraq should have shown that the strategy doesn’t work in situations like this.

“Whether it was or was not, there was an intervention and there was a disaster. We don’t want this to happen again,” she says.

Others agreed that the US is acting too quickly on looking at military action.

“If their kids were in the military, they would not put them in the war- I promise you that,” says Raef, who lives in Mandarin.

He says he would take his young children to visit every year, but they haven’t been able to go in the past few because of growing violence. He hopes to be able to start those visits again soon.

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