A lone man waved a large Israeli flag and carried a homemade posterboard sign reading, "Nuke Arafat," while the crowd of 30 to 40 donned all black and held their own signs in relative silence.
Some protesters carried picket signs with slogans such as, "Jews to Israel: Human rights for Palestinians."
Others held pictures of Jewish settlements in the West Bank area they believe is being developed to put a stranglehold on the Palestinians still living in this volatile region.
Mary-Lou Leiser Smith, a member of a local organization called the Coalition for Peace With Justice, coordinated the local protest.
"This is a worldwide event taking place in more than 121 different cities," Smith said. "We are here to protest the illegal displacement of the Palestinian people by the Israeli government."
Smith worked with several groups, including Triangle Middle East Dialogue and various Christian church congregations to organize the event.
The event comes at a time of especially high Arab-Israeli tension.
On June 1, an Islamic extremist detonated a bomb strapped to his chest and murdered a crowd of teenagers at a popular Gaza disco. Israel responded with military strikes before a tenuous cease-fire was called.
The reality of tragedies occurring on both sides was not lost on the crowd of protesters. Many expressed their dismay over recent terrorist actions.