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In Pictures: May 4th Gaza War Protest in Olympia

Olympia – Approximately 350 concerned Suget Sound citizens gathered in the rain on the morning of May 4th to protest the ongoing war in Gaza. The event was organized by Palestine Action of South Sound (PASS), a group that formed in the immediate aftermath of the October 7th attacks and subsequent invasion of Gaza.

George P. Hickey, a prolific photographer of protests and rallies, was in attendence to document the proceedings.

Palestinian solidarity march from Heritage Park East on 4th ave to Plum Street , and back on State to Percival landing. Raining steady. George P. Hickey
Attendees of the march hold signs reading “Free Palestine” and “No More $$ For Israel’s Crimes”, facing 5th Avenue and the may day festivities organized near Capitol Lake. George P. Hickey
Protestors holding Palestinian flags march north along 4th Avenue. Many holding signs referring to Israel’s threats of invading the southern city of Rafah in Gaza. More than one million Palestinians had fled to Rafah, near the border crossing with Egypt. In recent days, the invasion of Rafah has begun in earnest. George P. Hickey
A participant holds a sign depicting a Native American embracing a Palestinian, drawing parallels to the the historic occupation and genocide of Native Americans. George P. Hickey

Additional photographs, and a complete write-up of the event by the organizers, can be found at PASS’s website,, alongside information about future events. In addition to organizing actions like the May fourth march, PASS regularly organizes education and fundraising events.

George P. Hickey has spent more than three decades documenting protests movements in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound. Many of his photographs and stories have appeared in Seattle’s Real Change.

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