Activists in Chicago Cheer After Learning Iran Launched an Attack on Israel

Activists in Chicago cheered after learning that Iran had launched hundreds of drones and missiles at Israel on Saturday.

A group of self-described “anti-war activists,” including March On DNC 2024 and Anti War Chicago, were gathered in Chicago when a man announced news of the attack on Israel.

“Twelve days ago, Israel brazenly hit an Iranian embassy compound in Syria, violating international law again and Iran has just responded about 30 minutes ago,” the man told the group, who began to cheer. “They’ve sent, and this is from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard directly, they’ve sent drones and missiles against specific targets in occupied Palestine, Israeli targets in occupied Palestine.”

“In addition, there are reports of drones having been fired on Israel from Yemen and Iraq as well,” the man said as the crowd cheered again.

The man speaking then called on the group to take action, saying that “this country and the world needs us,” adding the U.S. is going to “defend the criminal Israeli state.”

“We have to assume the United States is going to retaliate against Iran,” he said. “Our anti-war movement, all of the anti-war communities here and all of the Palestine support coalitions here, must be ready, immediately, to be out in the streets and to stop the U.S. from expanding this war on Iran.”