BOSTON (WHDH) -
The crisis in Gaza hit home for many Boston residents as side-by-side rallies, one in support of Palestine, the other in support of Israel, marched from Copley Square to the statehouse Tuesday evening.
The massive demonstrations came just hours after the FAA grounded all US airlines flying into or out of Israel.
They said the flight risk was too high after a Hamas rocket landed near Tel Aviv's airport.
The pro-Palestinian group, numbering in the hundreds, gathered at Copley Square to march after the violence that has killed a large number of Palestinian civilians.
"I really hope it brings awareness to what's going on in Palestine, and I hope it gives some condolences to the people who are over there in Palestine who are suffering right now,” one man said.
A much smaller group of pro-Israel demonstrators marched behind the pro-Palestine group, some say they are angered by what they saw.
“The same kind of ideology that motivated the intifada was the same ideology that motivated the marathon bombing, and I’m just astounded that this would happen in Boston," Dexter Van Zile said.
Despite the opposing views and beliefs one common theme was the need for peace.
"I think we're doing a great job, there's a little bit of tension but you know were talking to each other and we're bringing ideas to the table" a pro-Palestinian man said.
A handful of the protesters remained on Beacon Street until 10 p.m. Tuesday night.